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CREATIVE ENCOUNTERS: PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION, DETROIT

Philip Guston
ANCIENT ROCK, OSTIA 
Estimate
300,000400,000
LOT SOLD. 396,500 USD
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CREATIVE ENCOUNTERS: PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION, DETROIT

Philip Guston
ANCIENT ROCK, OSTIA 
Estimate
300,000400,000
LOT SOLD. 396,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Philip Guston
1913 - 1980
ANCIENT ROCK, OSTIA 
signed, dated '71, and inscribed ROMA; signed and titled on the reverse
oil on paper mounted to board
20 by 28 1/4 in. 50.8 by 71.8 cm.
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The Guston Foundation confirms that this work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works of Philip Guston.

Provenance

Gertrude Kasle Gallery, Detroit
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1997

Exhibited

Rome, Museo Carlo Bilotti - Aranciera di Villa Borghese; Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection, Philip Guston, Roma, May 2010 - May 2011, cat. no. 31, p. 189, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

"In Guston’s images these shapes [a square, a triangle, and a circle] masquerade as pines, hedges, topiary trees, hooded heads, bare bald heads, boulders, hewn stones, tablets, clocks wheels, and so on in a ceaseless metamorphic series emanating from each of these primary iconographic emblems. Together, they constitute the DNA of Guston’s art, the code that engendered its myriad mutations yet guaranteed its formal as well as symbolic integrity. In these three shapes East meets West, Sengai’s magisterial reductionism meets Leon Battista Alberti’s mastery of complexity, Cage and Feldman meet de Chirico and Picasso, and the universe in all its transformational potential became accessible to a brooding yet playful artist whose ambition was to hold together contradictions that overwhelmed or frightened away so many of his peers while claiming for himself an unlimited license to make old things new."

Robert Storr in Peter Benson Miller, Ed., Go Figure! New Perspectives on Guston, New York 2015, p. 15

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