Teller of Tales

Hearne Pardee reviews two recently published books: Philip Guston: Collected Writings, Lectures, and Conversations edited by Clark Coolidge and Telling Stories: Philip Guston's Later Works by David Kaufmann.  Pardee writes: "Together, Kaufmann and Coolidge offer a framework that helps us understand [Guston's return to figuration], Kaufmann by placing it in its cultural context and Coolidge by assembling texts that document the ambiguities in Guston’s approach to modernism."

A third, excellent new book on Guston is the catalog from the Phillips Collection's exhibition Philip Guston Roma which includes an interesting, newly published account of Guston's trip to Rome from fall 1970 to spring 1971 from Musa McKim's journal.

Finally, don't miss several excellent recent posts on Guston and his work below.