Hauser & Wirth is hosting a collection of 36 paintings and drawings by New York School artist Philip Guston.The collection follows a transitional period in Guston’s work beginning in the late 1950s during which Guston questioned and reexamined the New York School of painting. Above all, Guston’s rethought the very idea of painting abstractly.
The exhibition, composed of four rooms, explores a transition within Guston’s work. The first two paintings upon entering, titled ‘Fable II’ and ‘Rite,’ mark a shift in Guston’s mood and perspective via densely pigmented, amassed, brush strokes. His work continues to question form and shape, using varying colors, creating focused moods as the exhibition continued. His work culminates in the final room, showing a series of charcoal drawings constructed following Guston’s 1966 Jewish Museum survey. It is in this room that we see Guston abandon painting altogether and turn towards a simplified perspective.
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