Philip Guston
Free for Members Tate Modern Exhibition

Philip Guston

4 February – 31 May 2021

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Philip Guston Painting, Smoking. Eating 1973 Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam © The Estate of Philip Guston, courtesy Hauser & Wirth

A major retrospective of one of America’s greatest modern painters

Over a 50-year career, Philip Guston bridged the personal and the political, the abstract and the figurative, the humorous and the tragic, in paintings of a lively touch and lasting impact.

Following years when he painted murals and canvases frequently addressing racism in America and wars abroad, in the 1950s Guston became one of the most celebrated of the abstract expressionists, working alongside Mark Rothko and his childhood friend Jackson Pollock.

During the turmoil of the 1960s and the Vietnam War, Guston grew sceptical about abstraction and in 1970 he presented an exhibition of paintings populated by cartoonish figures. Despite being slammed by critics at the time, these paintings and those that followed established Guston as one of the most influential painters of the late 20th century.

This exhibition will explore the connections running through all Guston’s works and the breaks in his career, paying attention to how he pictured the artist and the life of the studio, and how he responded to a world marked by migrations and wars.

Presented in The Eyal Ofer Galleries. Supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, with additional support from the Guston Exhibition Supporters Circle and Tate Patrons. Organised by Tate Modern, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


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4 February – 31 May 2021

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