Revisiting the Resilience of Painter Philip Guston

I originally posted this commentary and link on January 23, 2021. It was a dark time in our country, and I wanted a project to focus on, to add some positive content to the world.

It was the first post of what I called my “Daily Art Fix.” After that first entry, I continued to put up an art themed post every day for over a year, until February 24, 2022. On February 25, we lost our internet connection for 12 days. Thieves had stolen vital equipment that knocked our whole neighborhood out.

By the time the internet was restored I had lost the inclination to produce the Daily Art Fix. I’ve been keeping busy on many other projects: painting, writing, planning.

So here we are on another dark day, when thieves have struck again on a massive scale. It’s time to revisit that story of resilience.

We go on.



Philip Guston Explains Himself

My favorite painter Philip Guston caused great controversy when he broke with art world dogma to be true to his own vision. In this touching article written by his daughter, she describes how he handled the fallout.

Key quote from the article:”Recalling the Marlborough opening in a 1980 interview, my father said:‘But there were some who understood. When Bill de Kooning saw the show, he said he liked it very much. You know, everybody thought those paintings were about the hooded figures, and the bad conditions in America, and so on, and that was part of it—every artist hopes to give his own interpretation of the world—but they were about something else, too. When de Kooning saw the show, after embracing me, and congratulating me, he said: ‘You know, Philip, what your real subject is? It’s freedom!’’’

READ THE ARTICLE HERE: Resilience: Philip Guston in 1971, By Musa Mayer


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