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Philip Guston's Late Work
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William Corbett is a poet who lives in Boston's South End and is Director of Student Writing Activities in MIT's Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies. He writes frequently on art, directs the small press Pressed Wafer and is on the advisory board of Manhattan's CUE Art Foundation.

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The enigmatic artist Philip Guston is remembered here by poet and friend William Corbett. Guston, like many abstract expressionists, was associated with the Federal Art Project of the 1930s. Guston's solitary struggle between pure abstraction and loaded images of shoes, spaghetti, legs, and heads confused the critics, to say the least. Though Guston never quite attained the stature of de Kooning, Kline, Pollack, or Rothko, Corbett makes a convincing case for him by focusing on their personal relationship and his interpretation of Guston's later works. This important book is an intimate look at an artist written by a poet. Recommended for comprehensive art collections. For another view, see Dore Ashton's A Critical Study of Philip Guston (Univ. of California Pr., 1990).-Daniel J. Lombardo, Jones Lib., Amherst, Mass.

"The enigmatic artist Philip Guston is remembered here by poet and friend William Corbett. Guston, like many abstract expressionists, was associated with the Federal Art Project of the 1930s. Guston's solitary struggle between pure abstraction and loaded images of shoes, spaghetti, legs, and heads confused the critics, to say the least. Though Guston never quite attained the stature of de Kooning, Kline, Pollack, or Rothko, Corbett makes a convincing case for him by focusing on their personal relationship and his interpretation of Guston's later works. This important book is an intimate look at an artist written by a poet." -- Library Journal "Corbett's homage to Guston will help ensure that the art and life of a most remarkable artist are not forgotten." -- Art New England "Corbett has a gift for the close reading of Philip Guston's paintings. He gets to the heart of the artist's struggle for freedom and shows us the pain, courage, and ultimate brilliance of Guston's last work." -- Michael Mazur

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