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Philip Guston: Collected Writings, Lectures, and Conversations (Documents of Twentieth-Century Art) Paperback – December 15, 2010
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"This is a book of wisdom, not only for artists but for anyone seeking to learn something from art."--"The Nation"
"[Guston's] voice at its effusive best."--"Jewish Exponent"
"Expansive"--"San Francisco Bay Guardian"
"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" (12/15/2010)
"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" (12/01/2011)
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" (12/15/2010)"
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" (12/01/2011)"
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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.
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! "
I don't agree or disagree with this quote but he said things like this, and I like that.
The critical reviews here are accurate and fair, although I don't find anything in the book "unintelligible or bewildering", -not compared to some of the pig latin art criticism out there. The book delivers exactly what it states; writings, lectures, discussions with opinionated, angry, funny, honest, romantic, etc. Guston. It is, of course, dated; -'60s, '70s, to 1980 New York School stuff, so... It is very much a time&place piece. But some things haven't changed, there's some relevant topics. And it can be wonderful to get a sense of the artist's experience, thinking, character, attitude, humor, laments, philosophy (or lack of), etc. -and this collection does deliver on that. Very personal. Very 'about Painting'. A good read on the older generations going on about being in the dark and searching/struggling themselves, the absurdity of art and all... And Guston is certainly one who kept plunging ahead his own way in the dark, letting the historians & critics (and his peers) catch up later if they could. 4-star book on 5-star artist.
Don't expect images, as the title says, its only text.
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Also personal. So many lessons here.