Philip Guston at Tate Modern – on video

Exhibition October 5, 2023 – February 25, 2024

October 2023, “Philip Guston: the restless artist painting everyday evil / Tate”

Vernissage TV, October 18, 2023, “Philip Guston / Retrospective at Tate Modern, London”

ARD Mediathek, October 8, 2023, “Verschobene retrospektive von Philip Guston” [“Postponed retrospective by Philip Guston”]

Philip Guston at Tate Modern

Philip Guston’s Flatlands (1970) is one of more than 100 paintings and drawings in an exhibition originally due to take place in September 2020 Photo: © Tate; Larina Fernandes
Philip Guston’s Flatlands (1970) is one of more than 100 paintings and drawings in an exhibition originally due to take place in September 2020. Photo ©Tate; Larina Fernandes

The Art Newspaper, November 2, 2023, “The Big Review: Philip Guston at Tate Modern – The long-delayed London survey is a revelatory tour de force that charts the twists and turns of the Canadian-American artist’s 50-year career,” by Matthew Holman

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

The Times, September 23, 2023, “‘My father, Philip Guston, would be offended by the reaction to his show.’ The painter of cartoon Klansmen had his Tate show cancelled. Now it is back on. His daughter talks to Laura Freeman about the controversy,” by Laura Freeman

The Times, October 3, 2023, “Philip Guston review – beyond the controversy, marvel at the craft – Tate Modern,” by Laura Freeman

Monument, 1976. Tate, London. ©The Estate of Philip Guston

Evening Standard, October 3, 2023, “Philip Guston at Tate Modern review: riven with anger, engorged with love, haunted by suffering,” by Ben Luke

The Guardian, October 3, 2023, “‘What would it be like to be evil?’ Controversial Philip Guston show ridicules the virus-like KKK,” by Adrian Searle

The Telegraph, October 3, 2023, “Philip Guston: timeless art that skewers evil with a savage intensity. From his Holocaust-derived imagery to Ku Klux Klan figures, Guston does not set out to ingratiate – and the results are astonishing,” by Alastair Sooke

The Independent, October 4, 2023, “Philip Guston at Tate Modern review: An extraordinary, startling show full of moral disquiet,” by Mark Hudson

Financial Times, October 5, 2023, “Philip Guston, Tate Modern review – violent, unsettling and thrilling from start to finish. The decade’s most controversial exhibition features some of postwar America’s most original, potent images,” by Jackie Wullschläger

The Arts Desk, October 5, 2023, “Philip Guston, Tate Modern review – a compelling look at an artist who derided the KKK,” by Sarah Kent

Philip Guston,Tate Modern

Artlyst, October 6, 2023, “Philip Guston Tate Modern Worth The Wait,” by Sue Hubbard

Strand Magazine, October 6, 2023, “Review: Philip Guston at Tate Modern,” by Ernest Chlopicki

The New Statesman, October 8, 2023, “Philip Guston’s American Monsters. His 1960s paintings of Ku Klux Klansmen confront the banality of evil – and retain their power to shock,” by Michael Prodger

The Sunday Times, October 8, 2023, “Philip Guston: forget the Ku Klux Klan row, this show is unmissable,” by Waldemar Januszczak

The Observer, October 8, 2023, “Philip Guston; Sarah Lucas: Happy Gas review – tragi-comic cartoonery. Tate Modern; Tate Britain, London. The delayed Philip Guston retrospective opens at last – and it is mordant, magnificent, unmissable…,” by Laura Cummings

FAD Magazine, October 9, 2023, “Philip Guston’s First Major UK Retrospective in 20 Years Opens at Tate Modern,” by Mark Westall

The Conversation, October 10, 2023, “Philip Guston: controversial delayed Tate show asks ‘what would it be like to be evil?,'” by Clare Carolin

ArtReview, October 13, 2023, “Philip Guston and the Politics of Painted Images,” by J.J. Charlesworth

Studio International, October 19, 2023, “Philip Guston – This strait-laced, work-focused retrospective affirms Philip Guston’s place as one of the 20th century’s finest painters,” by Joe Lloyd

The Week, October 20, 2023, “Philip Guston review: a ‘five-star show’ at Tate Modern – New retrospective traces ‘Guston’s progress’ over a long, varied career,” by The Week staff

The Spectator, October 21, 2023, “How Philip Guston became a hero to a new generation of figurative painters,” by Laura Gascoigne

Le Journal des Arts, October 24, 2023, “Philip Guston réhabilité,” by Itzhak Goldberg

Apollo, October 24, 2023, “Taking Philip Guston on his own terms,” by Hettie Judah

A woman walks in front of a painting of a hand drawing a line.
The Line, 1978, at Philip Guston Tate Modern, London, 2023. Photo ©Tate (Larina Fernandes)

The Observer, November 9, 2023, “Tate Modern Reveals Philip Guston’s Hoodwink. After courting controversy in America, the artist’s retrospective arrives mostly unmoderated in London,” by Nathan Smith

Night Studio: A Memoir of Philip Guston – In conversation with Musa Mayer…

In Conversation: Musa Mayer & Adam Gopnik on ‘Night Studio: A Memoir of Philip Guston’

Hauser & Wirth, NY, October 18, 2023: “On the occasion of Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ new edition of ‘Night Studio: A Memoir of Philip Guston’ by Musa Mayer, the artist’s daughter [talks about] the book, its new afterword and Guston’s legacy, with writer Adam Gopnik.”

Additional reading…

The Brooklyn Rail, “Philip Guston Now,” by Barry Schwabsky

Installation view: <em>Philip Guston Now</em>, National Gallery Of Art, Washington, DC, 2023. Courtesy National Gallery Of Art.
Installation view: Philip Guston Now, National Gallery Of Art, Washington, DC, 2023. Courtesy National Gallery Of Art.

The Brooklyn Rail, June 2023, “Reflections on Philip Guston Now” — Personal reflections from artists Dan Nadel, Michelle Segre, Joe Bradley, Archie Rand and Steve DiBenedetto

Forward, June 5, 2023, “How a Jewish ‘witness of hell’ navigated a landscape of American terror,” by Diane Cole

The Hudson Review, Spring 2023, “Philip Guston in Boston, Houston, and Washington,” by Karen Wilkin

Hyperallergic, June 28, 2023, “11 Art Books to Add to Your Reading List This Summer,” by Lakshmi Rivera Amin

New York, The Sun, May 29, 2023, “The Art World Recovers From Its Guston Derangement Syndrome,” by Mario Naves

Philip Guston Now – A Personal Meditation

by Phong Bui, The Brooklyn Rail, May 2023

Read full article here.

Installation view: Philip Guston Now, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2023. Courtesy the National Gallery of Art

Phong Bui, Publisher and Artistic Director of The Brooklyn Rail, takes us on an intimate and detailed tour of the retrospective Philip Guston Now currently on view at the National Gallery of Art through August 27.  With a congratulatory nod to Harry Cooper, curator and head of modern and contemporary art at NGA, Bui commends the exhibition’s “intention to present the works without spoon-feeding or condescending to the viewers.”  

Bui writes of “disappointment and frustration upon hearing the news of the second postponement of [the] Philip Guston Now exhibition (the first due to COVID-19) because of a profound misunderstanding of what the paintings that are now being shown at the National Gallery of Art are really about. They are the paintings of a fearless truth teller…”

 “Guston’s self-conscious decision to question every possible realm of human existence is understandable. This includes not just spiritual, social, and political metaphors, but also of everyday events, routines that involve our relationship with things, and objects that are made to perform certain functions.”

The retrospective is “perfectly calibrated to each phase of the painter’s evolution” from 1930 to 1980.  “The result is a poetic redemption of everything that had derailed Guston’s own power of ‘negative capability’.“

(Philip Guston Now travels to the Tate Modern in London, October 5, 2023 – February 25, 2024.)

The Met Announces Transformative Gift of 220 Works by Philip Guston from the Collection of Musa Mayer

A selection of works from Musa Mayer’s gift will be on view in a special installation opening May 27, 2023. The display, which will focus on the artist’s deeply philosophical approach to the nature of artistic identity and the aesthetic possibilities of painting, will be organized by Kelly Baum, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art in The Met’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. 

Read the full press release.

News Articles:

The New York Times, by Roberta Smith 1/23/23

APOLLO, 12/16/22

Barron’s, by Joe Dziemianowicz 12/16/22

ArtDependence, 12/14/22

The New York Times, by Robin Pogrebin 12/14/22

Philip Guston Now | A Reading List on the Retrospective

Artnet News, by Zoé Samudzi, 12/27/22

PRINT, by Steven Heller 12/19/22

The Brooklyn Rail, by Rosa Boshier González 12/16/22

Unherd, by Kat Rosenfield 12/14/22

Glasstire, by Garland Fielder 12/6/22

Jewish Currents, by Zoé Samudzi 11/16/22

Houston Chronicle, by Andrew Dansby 10/25/22

Art Daily, 10/23/22

National Review, by Brian T. Allen 10/1/22

Moment Magazine, by Frances Brent 9/28/22

New Criterion, Karen Wilkin 9/22

The Brooklyn Rail, by Lyle Rexer 8/30/22

The Spectator, by Joshua Lieberman 8/20/22

Hyperallergic, by John Yau 8/18/22

The Spectator, by Andrew Shea 8/1/22

The Nation, by Barry Schwabsky 7/28/22

Jewish Boston, by Judy Bolton-Fasman 6/28/22

Jewish Boston, by Joshua Meyer 5/31/22

Artnet News, by Leah Triplett Harrington 5/26/22

The Atlantic, by Lily Meyer 5/24/22

Filthy Dreams, by Emily Colucci 5/23/22

Financial Times, by Jan Dalley 5/13/22

PBS News Hour, by Jared Bowen, GBH, Maureen Barillaro, Robert Judge 5/12/22

WGBH, by Jared Bowen 5/12/22

Forward, by Penny Schwartz by 5/11/22

New York Sun, by A.R. Hoffman 5/7/22

Washington Post, by Sebastian Smee 5/6/22

The Art Newspaper Podcast, Hosted by Ben Luke, Gareth Harris and Aimee Dawson. Produced by David Clack and Henrietta Bentall 5/6/22

ARTnews, by Maximilíano Durón 5/5/22

Artnet, by Taylor Dafoe 5/5/22

Arts Fuse, by Franklin Einspruch 5/3/22

Forbes, by Chadd Scott 5/1/22

The New York Times, by Marc Tracy and Robin Pogrebin 5/1/22

The Boston Globe, by Malcolm Gay 4/30/22

The Wall Street Journal by Peter Plagens 4/30/22

The Economist 4/30/22

The Boston Globe by Murray Whyte 4/28/22

WBUR, by Pamela Reynolds 4/28/22

Apollo Magazine, by Craig Burnett 4/28/22

The New York Times, by Holland Cotter 4/28/22

The Art Newspaper, by J.S. Marcus 4/26/22

The Wall Street Journal by Peter Saenger 4/22/22 

Apollo Magazine, Art Diary 4/22/22

The Boston Globe, by Jane Kallir 4/18/22

Artforum, by Dan Nadel 1/21

Philip Guston Now

Cooper, Harry, Mark Godfrey, Alison de Lima Greene, and Kate Nesin. Philip Guston Now. Exh. cat. Washington D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 2020.

One year ago, the National Gallery of Art announced an updated schedule for the Philip Guston retrospective. All of the original museums have affirmed their continued involvement and enthusiasm to show the entire scope of Guston’s 50 year career. 

This major exhibition will be initiated at MFA Boston at the beginning of May—not so very long to wait! Here are all the dates: 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, May 1, 2022 – September 11, 2022
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, October 23, 2022 – January 15, 2023
National Gallery of Art, Washington, February 26, 2023 – August 27, 2023
Tate Modern, October 3, 2023 – February 25, 2024

Philip Guston: On Edge

Fri 10 Sep 2021, 10 am – 4.30 pm
Livestreamed at

Pittore, 1973 Oil on canvas 184.8 x 204.5 cm / 72 3/4 x 80 1/2 in Private Collection © The Estate of Philip Guston, courtesy Hauser & Wirth Photo: Genevieve Hanson

On the occasion of ‘Philip Guston, 1969-1979’ at Hauser & Wirth’s Chelsea gallery at 542 West 22nd Street, please join us for a special live streamed symposium to celebrate and discuss the work, life, and legacy of Philip Guston, one of the most significant painters of the twentieth century. 

The artistic liberation Guston maintained throughout his career in the face of criticism serves as inspiration for our symposium. To inspire discussion, the symposium brings together an influential group of academics, visual artists, and visionaries who will offer valuable insights throughout the day. 

Through a combination of panels, scholarly lectures, and individual artist responses, ‘Philip Guston: On Edge’ offers new analyses into the artist and his practice.

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