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Maker(s):Guston, Philip
Culture:American (1913-1980)
Title:Pink Book
Date Made:1968
Materials:Acrylic on masonite panel
Measurements:Frame: 20 in x 22 1/8 in; 50.8 cm x 56.2 cm; Panel: 17 7/8 in x 19 7/8 in; 45.4 cm x 50.5 cm
Narrative Inscription:  LABEL: back, stretcher, upp. ctr: C1180 / DAVID MCKEE INC. / 140 EAST 63 STREET NEW YORK, N.Y. 10021 TITLE/DATE: back, upp. l. (black paint): PHILIP GUSTON / "PINK BOOK", 1968 / 18 x 20 / ACRYLIC LABEL: back, stretcher, upp. l. edge: R INSCRIPTION: back, upp. l. (blue pen): G196 INSCRIPTION: back, upp. ctr. (graphite): #557 INSCRIPTION: back, upp. r. (black ink): 4 INSCRIPTION: back, stretcher, upp. ctr. (black ink): [arrow pointing up] INSCRIPTION: back, stretcher, upp. l (black ink): 18" [arrow pointing left]
Accession Number:  MH 1992.24.1
Credit Line:Bequest of Musa Guston
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

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a single opened pink book, set against a white background.

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Acclaimed a star abstract expressionist of the New York
School in the 1950s and early 1960s, Philip Guston moved away from abstraction to narration in the late 1960s. Turning to his daily life as subject matter, he created a series of small pictures of ordinary objects around him: cups, lightbulbs, shoes, books, clocks. The series comprised a highly personal new visual alphabet. The book and boot in this pair of important transitional paintings are subjects that reappear frequently in Guston’s late work.


books; pink

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