Philip Guston 1913 - 1980 American, born Canada Lyrical Abstraction, Social Realism Painters
Philip Guston exhibited at East Hampton’s Signa Gallery in 1959. Born in Montreal, he moved with his family to Los Angeles, where he attended high school with Jackson Pollock. In 1932, Guston and Pollock watched David Alfaro Siqueiros paint his well-known mural at Pomona College, and four years later Guston joined Pollock in New York City, where he worked in the mural painting division of the Federal Art Project. Like many of his peers, Guston began as a social realist but embraced abstraction during the 1950s. Though associated with the second generation Abstract Expressionists, he used small brushstrokes and delicate colors; his work of this period has been called abstract lyricism. Guston’s late work, in which he returned to figuration, has influenced younger artists and established his enduring reputation. These cartoonish, childlike, at times grotesque paintings, while criticized by some (as were de Kooning’s women), were Guston's attempt to confront powerlessness in the face of a world steeped in absurdity and horror.
Philip Guston exhibited at East Hampton’s Signa Gallery in 1959.