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Philip Guston: Mind and Matter

- In the Galleries

McKee Gallery
745 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10151
212.688.5951
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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
December 9, 2003

This show was inspired by a painting called Pyramid and Shoe (1976) by Guston, which is on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Guston believes in the truth of human existence, both mind and senses, should serve as the subject of art. In Pyramid and Shoe, the pyramid represents pure thought, and the shoe represents imperfection, both on an equal level. The three rooms in this exhibit focus on the themes of the physical world of matter, the intellectual world of the mind, and related forms. (Gallery Notes).

I was intrigued with the paintings of massive forms, some resembling a ferocious red face with an oversized cigarette. I interpreted feelings of overbearing weight, symbols of depression, confrontation, and anxiety, sensations of alienation, and a few whimsicalities. Guston's works are intriguing.


Aegean 1978, oil on canvas, 68 x 126 inches
Photo courtesy of Philip Guston




Anxiety 1975, oil on canvas, 57 1/2 x 80 1/4 inches
Photo courtesy of Philip Guston




Balance 1979, oil on canvas, 72 x 60 inches, Private Collection
Photo courtesy of Philip Guston




Martyr 1978, oil on canvas, 68 1/2 x 69 1/4 inches
Photo courtesy of Philip Guston




Painterís Head 1975, oil on canvas, 73 x 80 1/2 inches
Photo courtesy of Philip Guston




Rock 1978, oil on canvas, 52 x 60 inches
Photo courtesy of Philip Guston




To J.S. (Jules Supervielle) 1977, oil on canvas, 68 x 104 inches
Photo courtesy of Philip Guston




Wall Forms & Blue Sea 1978, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches, Private Collection
Photo courtesy of Philip Guston


For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net