Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. May everyone get a bit of time in the studio! Here's a quote and some images by Philip Guston to think about: "I do not see why the loss of faith in the known image and symbol in our time should be celebrated as a freedom. It is a loss from which we suffer, and this pathos motivates modern painting and poetry at its heart." These paintings, made during a difficult phase that lasted from 1957 through 1967, are on view at Hauser & Wirth through July. Although in past assessments of his oeuvre, the period was widely considered transitional and the paintings less accomplished, these are among the best Gustons I've seen. Of course, I'm a big fan of the irresolute. Don't miss the show.
[Image at top: Philip Guston, Painter III, 1963, oil on canvas, 66 x 79 inches. Private Collection, London.]