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A Critical Study of Philip Guston Paperback – December 4, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (December 4, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520069323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520069329
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,427,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dore Ashton is Professor of Art History, The Cooper Union, and author of many books, including Fragonard in the Universe of Painting, About Rothko, A Fable of Modern Art, A Joseph Cornell Album, The New York School: A Cultural Reckoning.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bruccio on July 3, 2003
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Ashton is the sole biographer authorized by the artist -- and he was well aware of her analysis of his life and work. In fact, Guston gave full approval to the first edition entitled, YES, BUT...
This original title indicates Guston's own diffident attitude toward modernity and modernism. In the 1960's and 70's he broke faith with the New York School when he quit making the lyrical abstractions for which he earned early fame. In this insightful book, Ashton sets forth the complex web of friendship, education, and aspiration that motivated this immensely gifted and troubled artist.
Full of incident and careful analysis, Dore Ashton's definitive biography of Philip Guston should more than satisfy the inquirer's appetite for a glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the 20thC.'s leading American artists.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John S. on March 11, 2014
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Enjoyable book in generally good condition excepting a musty odor. I would recommend book to fans of the artist and this period of Art.
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10 of 19 people found the following review helpful By kadish@home.com on March 31, 1999
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The Mystery of Philip Guston
Dore Ashton wrote this book in 1974 while Guston was still alive and apparently he reviewed it and it had his authorization. I am the brother of Reuben Kadish, who met Phillip Goldstein in 1930 in Los Angeles and with whom he collaborated on at least three murals ending in 1936. In 1936 Goldstein became Guston.
During 1996, the City of Hope, a cancer research center in Duarte, California, rediscovered a mural made by Kadish and Goldstein in 1935 and 1936. They found that it was in good condition, having been in a protected area for the past 60 years. They got a Donar, Ernest Lieblich, and with the cooperation of the Getty Museum had the mural cleaned and restored. Bob Reid, of the City of Hope, found the Kadish family two weeks before its rededication on June 11, 1998. Since Goldstein went on to fame and fortune as Phil Guston, Reuben, in his lifetime, gained little recognition as an artist. I decided to research their collaboration and to establish the relationship in their work.
Being two and half years younger than Reuben, I met most of Reuben's friends of that period including Goldstein. Ashton's book is the first I read about Guston. She starts from his birth and goes on to review his life from an artistic viewpoint. Goldstein and Kadish painted in a classical Thomas Hart Benton Italian style. When Guston started to work by himself after 1936, his work became more stylized, and in 1950 his style changed and he became a leader in the abstract expressionist school. About 1966 he abruptly changed his style into a cartoon type of painting that he did to the end of his life in 1980.
In his earliest paintings he had Klu Klux Klan figures as part of his theme.
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