“This major exhibition—organized by the MFA [Boston]; the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Tate Modern, London—is the first retrospective of Guston’s work in nearly 20 years. The selection of approximately 70 paintings and 30 drawings from public and private collections features well-known works as well as others that have rarely been seen. Highlights include paintings from the 1930s that have never been on public view; a reunion of paintings… more

The Deluge, 1969, Philip Guston (American, 1913–1980), oil on canvas; Bequest of Musa Guston; ©The Estate of Philip Guston, courtesy Hauser & Wirth; Photo ©Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

“Be warned: Guston’s is not a sunny art. There is a moment on film when he uses the word “happy” almost by accident and then repeats it in disgust, spitting it out. That he endured personal trauma and took the traumas of the twentieth century to heart is evident in most of the images in this volume, if you look closely. But even in its darkest moments and seen in the darkest light, his art can be beautiful and… more