Works on paper. The exhibition is presenting almost one hundred drawings and gouaches dating from the mid-1940s to 1980. Drawing plays a specific role in Guston'swork. It is anything other than a means to simply underlie his painting; it is for him an experimental medium through which he explores new forms of expression, prepares new phases of work and solves problems of shaping his art.
Philip Guston (1912-1980) is undoubtedly one of the outstanding figures of American post-war art. His paintings are represented throughout the world in all major collections. Guston's drawings, by contrast, are less well-known, Yet they bear great significance in understanding his work as a whole. For it is here, more than in his painting, that Guston reveals the "turbulent" and searching side of his personality, one that has never settled for one particular genre or style.
The exhibition, organised by the Kunstmuseum Bonn and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, comprises almost one hundred works on paper dating from the mid-1940's to 1980, the year of his death. They illustrate not only Guston's artistic development as but also highlight his potential as a designer and draughtsman.
Drawing has a specific place in Guston's work. Serving much more than simply as a painting aid, it is for him an experimental medium with which he can explore new means of expression, prepare new phases of work and solve problems of shaping his art. It gives the overall work structure - and there are times when he concentrates almost exclusively on drawing.
This exhibition, which presents Guston's drawings for the first time in Central Europe, is supported by the Philip Guston Estate and the Guston family. Following venues at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, the Louisiana Museum, the Humlebaek and Albertina in Vienna, it will go on to the Morgan Library, New York after the show ends in Munich.
Accompanying the exhibition is a comprehensive, richly illustrated catalogue.
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