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James Lettiere, Art Critic: Exhibition of Philip Guston's Paintings and Drawings from 1957 to 1967 PDF Print Email


Philip Guston, Painter, 1957-1967
April 26 to July 29, 2016

 

By James Lettiere, Art Critic 


Jun. 22, 2016:  This fascinating exhibition at the gallery Hauser & Wirth represents a pivotal period in the artistic growth of artist Philip Guston. The gallery's website describes the exhibition as follows: "Featuring 36 paintings and 53 drawings, many on loan from major museums and private collections, the exhibition draws together a compelling body of work that reveals the artist grappling to reconcile gestural and field painting, figuration and abstraction."   

Philip Guston was a boyhood friend of Jackson Pollack's and a high school dropout. During his artistic career he was able to paint images that are both attractive and darkly portentous. He progressed through a number of stylistic changes; his choices have a wide range, from the social realism of WPA murals, to abstract expressionism of the 1950s and '60s, to the powerful symbolism that he is well known for today.  

The exhibition has a large number of dramatic paintings. The highlight in my mind, however, was the room dedicated to smaller-format drawings that are hung together in a salon style.  

Gallery website: "The exhibition extends across four dedicated rooms, tracing the evolution of Guston's forms through the 1960s until they are reduced to 'the isolation of the single image.'"  

Hauser & Wirth 
511 West 18th Street
New York 10011
212-790-3900
www.hauserwirth.com   

Summer opening hours
20 June – 29 July
Monday – Friday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm    

Pictured here:  Drawings by Philip Guston at the Hauser & Wirth art gallery.

Photo by James Lettiere

 

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Fine Arts Gallery of Bronxville

The Fine Arts Gallery is a beautiful gallery in the heart of our village. It sells original art and specializes in local artists from Bronxville past and present. It provides high end custom framing, art consulting, restoration and appraisals. Appointments are available upon request. It also sells the Historical Conservancy Journals which include a history of the village as well as the artists who have lived here and are presenting living here ($20/copy).

99 Pondfield Road
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914-779-5053


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The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.

The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.

The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children.  All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

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Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.

Executive Director: Kathleen Suss

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Concordia College-New York

Phone: 914-395-4507

Kathleen.Suss@concordia-ny.edu

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