Die Happy

"Paint as you like and die happy." -Henry Miller

Philip Guston, Forms on Lock Ledge, 1979, oil on canvas, 60 x 72 inches
"How fitting-or perhaps devastating- that Guston’s paintings are exhibited a mere dozen blocks south from the largest Piero Della Francesca collection ever assembled on the North American continent. Guston saw Piero as his lodestar, a mystical avatar of Pythagorean perfection made manifest in pigment on board. Guston, more than any claimant, is America’s Piero. More democratic, flabbier and down at the heels, but ours nonetheless. Now that the death of painting is as old as Watergate, artists can look anew at the classicism Guston’s paintings exclaim. Guston’s art offers a new narrative of emotional attunement that painting still promises." Caleb De Jong 

Philip Guston, Forms on Lock Ledge, 1979, oil on canvas, 60 x 72 inches

"How fitting-or perhaps devastating- that Guston’s paintings are exhibited a mere dozen blocks south from the largest Piero Della Francesca collection ever assembled on the North American continent. Guston saw Piero as his lodestar, a mystical avatar of Pythagorean perfection made manifest in pigment on board. Guston, more than any claimant, is America’s Piero. More democratic, flabbier and down at the heels, but ours nonetheless. Now that the death of painting is as old as Watergate, artists can look anew at the classicism Guston’s paintings exclaim. Guston’s art offers a new narrative of emotional attunement that painting still promises."  


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