The Guston Foundation will include this work in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Philip Guston.
Collection of Hannelore and Rudolph Schulhof, New York (acquired directly from the artist) Carolyn Glasoe Fine Art, Ojai Acquired from the above by the present owner in July 2014
"It’s a question of locating the form you’re making. But this form has to emerge, or grow, out of the working of it, so there’s a paradox. I like form against a background—I mean, simply empty space—but the paradox is that the form must emerge from its background…you are trying to bring your forces, so to speak, to converge all at once into some point.” Philip Guston
This work is in very good condition overall. There is minor evidence of handling to the edges, which have slightly discolored with age. There are several artist pinholes in the corners. There is an undulation to the sheet, inherent to the artist’s working method and chosen medium, that is more pronounced in the center of the sheet. Under very close inspection and extreme raking light, there are surface irregularities and stable cracks present in the center most noticeably in the right of the maroon circle and horizontally across the upper right black passage. The colors are bright, fresh and clean. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, the aforementioned irregularities in the center passage fluoresce darkly and appear to have benefited from restoration. The sheet is hinged verso to the mat intermittently along the edges. Framed under Plexiglas. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.