Night Studio: A Memoir of Philip Guston

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Da Capo Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
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Philip Guston (1913-1980) was driven, sustained, and consumed by art. His style ranged from the social realism of his WPA murals through his abstract expressionist canvasses of the 1950s and 1960s (when he counted Pollock, Rothko, de Kooning, and Kline among his friends) to his cartoonlike paintings of Klansmen, disembodied heads, and tangled piles of everyday objects. Critics and public alike savaged Guston for his return to figurative art, but today his late work is recognized for the singular power of his personal, darkly hilarious vision. Musa Mayer augments her firsthand knowledge with extensive interviews with his family, friends, students, and colleagues, as well as Guston's own letters, notes, and autobiographical writings, to re-create a turbulent era in American art. Night Studio, profusely illustrated (including almost a dozen paintings in full color), illuminates not only the life of a great artist, but the experience of growing up in his overwhelming shadow.
  

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Review: Night Studio: A Memoir Of Philip Guston

User Review  - John - Goodreads

i devoured this. an eloquent, honest, moving, astute account by the author about growing up as the daughter of one of the 20th century's most interesting artists, while also revealing much about that artist's process, themes, development. Read full review

Review: Night Studio: A Memoir Of Philip Guston

User Review  - Ally - Goodreads

I love learning the back story on great creative minds. This book about Guston was great! Read full review

Contents

Women Are Learners
25
Stern Conditions
45
So Much Preparation
71
In the Studio
85
Some Music
107
Painters Forms
139
Drawing Aside the Curtain
161
Coronary Care
183
Openings
201
If This Be Not I
217
Night Studio
239
Notes
253
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Musa Mayer is the author of Examining Myself: One Woman's Story of Breast Cancer Treatment and Recovery. She lives in New York City.

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