Artist: Philip Guston (Canadian, 1913-1980)
Title: Untitled, From the Suite of Ten Lithographs
Dimensions: 22 1/2 x 30 inches
Location in Library: Fourth floor
Media: Lithograph on paper
works on paper
Owner: Brooklyn College
Guston is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. He is best known for his abstract paintings during the 1950’s and early 1960’s when he established a reputation as a major abstract expressionist artist, and then later, in the 1970’s, when he created cartoonlike imagery.
These two lithographs were made during the pivotal time when the artist began to question his role as an abstract artist. Guston began to feel that his abstractions made it difficult to respond to the social and political upheavals of the period. Marks on the lithographs are repeated and suggest solid forms and hinting at recognizable shapes. These types of drawings evolved into more figurative elements, everyday objects and cartoon shapes that would typify the painter’s work during the last decade of his life.