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Philip Guston: Collected Writings, Lectures, and Conversations (Documents of Twentieth-Century Art) Paperback – December 15, 2010


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  • Series: Documents of Twentieth-Century Art
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (December 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520257162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520257160
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Lovingly compiled”
(Artforum 2010-10-01)

“This hefty volume is 344 pages of smart art takes (Clark Coolidge, ed.) by the largely self-taught painter who, with pal Jackson Pollock, got expelled from L.A.’s Manual Arts High School in 1929.”
(Christopher Knight Los Angeles Times, Culture Watch Blog 2010-12-15)

“This is a book of wisdom, not only for artists but for anyone seeking to learn something from art.”
(The Nation 2011-01-10)

“Expansive”
(San Francisco Bay Guardian 2011-03-02)

“Until now his influence has been through his art rather than his words. This collection gathers together interviews and studio discussions and commits the artist’s words to print.
(Alexander Adams Art Newspaper 2011-12-01)

“[Guston’s] voice at its effusive best.”
(Jewish Exponent 2011-05-25)

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"This volume introduces the diverse voices that comprise Guston's linguistic tapestry. Guston never stopped talking for too long. There may have been periods of silence precipitated by existential moments of doubt, but such lapses seem anomalous when measured against the voluminous transcriptions gleaned and edited by Clark Coolidge. Coolidge has done an admirable job arranging and presenting the book's contents, entirely relevant to anyone curious about Guston, and by extension, American Art of the post-World War II period."—Douglas Dreishpoon, chief curator at Knox-Albright Gallery

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It's a great insight into his though process.
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For those ready for these exchanges however, the book will likely be what I like to call, dull and exciting.
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This book contains writings lectures and conversations that you can read more then once.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Reich Claude on February 3, 2011
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Philip Guston, one of the most important artists of the XXth century had this rare ability of being able to talk about art as well as he made it. His vast culture enabled him to draw inspiration from everyone from the Renaissance masters (Piero della Francesca) to Italian modernists (de Chirico), from Kierkegaard to Kafka, from Beethoven to his close friend Morton Feldman, etc.

This book is a compendium of lectures, conversations, interviews, in which the artist delivers a vision about his world, about art, about mankind, that is one of the deepest I, as a reader, have encountered. There are also some vivid accounts of the artist's experiences with Renaissance art, such as his visits to Arezzo and the shock he received when first confronted with Piero's frescoes depicting the Legend of the Cross. I personally think that there is nothing better than to listen to an artist speak about another artist and this is precisely what this book enables us to do.

I beg to differ with the previous reviewer:this book is for everyone; for everyone interested in art, in thinking and in reading, and for everyone who can make the effort of going beyond the obvious. Guston was a great artist, but he also was a great thinker and a great talker.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mark andres on April 7, 2011
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The best most exciting book I've read in a very long time about painting written from the inside. It is for artists and not art lovers. Guston's mind is a delightful place to be and he writes and speaks about painting with rigor, humor and honesty in a way that will force you to call into question your assumptions about what painting is. The interviews and transcripts of impromptu discussions are marvelous-- many published here for the first time. Why it took this long for this book to come out is a mystery. This stands alongside Picasso on Art, Matisse's writings on art, and Sylvester's interviews with Giacometti as one of the great documents of a 20th Century artist struggling with the question of what is possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Børge Hav on December 3, 2011
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I dont write reviews very often.
But this book deserves a recommendation.
Guston is not only a great painter and artist, but he is also a great talker and thinker.
This book contains writings lectures and conversations that you can read more then once.

Id like to quote Willam De Kooning
" You know,Philip,what your real subject is? It is freedom! "
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucia Vidales on March 9, 2014
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I love everything excepting the price, considering the edition, printing and paper it has should't be that expensive.
Don't expect images, as the title says, its only text.
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By topper on July 18, 2013
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Always enjoy hearing how an artist like Guston thinks about the world. It's a great insight into his though process.
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