Novelist Ross Feld remembers his friend, the acclaimed artist Philip Guston, in a blend of memoir, biography and art criticism interspersed with extracts from Guston's vibrant letters. Painters have needed writers from the time of Vasari. By words visual imagery is given a second vividness, and writers recast it into a descriptiveness that's infinitely portable. The figuraNovelist Ross Feld remembers his friend, the acclaimed artist Philip Guston, in a blend of memoir, biography and art criticism interspersed with extracts from Guston's vibrant letters. Painters have needed writers from the time of Vasari. By words visual imagery is given a second vividness, and writers recast it into a descriptiveness that's infinitely portable. The figurative painter Philip Guston found such an interpreter of his art in his friend, novelist Ross Feld. This book is Feld's final appreciation of Guston and his work. Both a complex study of one of the 20th century's greatest artists and a testament to a wonderful friendship, it is ultimately a tribute to a great character. Philip Guston lives and breathes in this book. The excerpts from his letters are brash and brilliant, and Feld's fantastic images of the man are a mosaic of his grandiosity of spirit. As Feld writes, he was like a Zero Mostel, a supernova of personality, and here Feld has created an unforgettable portrait of a man and his art, crafted with love and genius....
|Title||:||Guston in Time: Remembering Philip Guston|
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Guston in Time: Remembering Philip Guston Reviews
Ross Feld's writing about Guston is magnificent, like putting new batteries in the flashlight, shining it on familiar surfaces that reveal new depth. There is an obvious friendship seeping through Feld's analysis of Guston's work, the two were incredible penpals, sending each other letters to explore and explain their processes, thought bubbles, pleasures, and pains. Reading about Guston's artistic activity is expectedly wonderful, hearing about his studio set-up and raconteur abilities is portrayed mixed with bouts of depression and doubt. Another gleam in this book are Feld's descriptions of Guston's ordinary depictions of human objects, paintings filled with things leftover from embarrassments or inquisitive, probing introspections. The best part of this book is learning how friendship grows, strengthens, stretches, hurts (in the instance of Morton Feldman), and ultimately bonds to makers together. A very quick read, with Feld's post humous notes arranged into a book, followed by many of the letters between writer and painter.
Fascinating short book that's a combo of art criticism, memoir, and letters. It's an incisive examination of the importance and vitality of Philip Guston's paintings from the 60s and 70s, scandalous work that was a slap in the face to both abstract expressionism and the notion of progress in modern art in general.
Any book about Guston is worth a read, just to get a deeper understanding of the man and his work. A wonderful book, hard to find now, is Dore Aston's "Yes, but . . .' one of the finist ever about a visual artist, ranks next to, perhaps above, 'The Horse's Mouth (Joyce Cary)
I loved this book. Wrote up a good bit here: http://www.dailygusto.com/blog/archiv...