QUOTES: GUSTON ON FIGURATION

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 He describes the reasons for his return to figuration in the late 1960s as follows: 

“So when the 1960s came along I was feeling split, schizophrenic. The war, what was happening to America, the brutality of the world. What kid of a man am I, sitting at home, reading magazines, going into a frustrated fury about everything – and then going into my studio to adjust a red to a blue. I thought there must be a way I could do something about it. I knew ahead of me a road was lying. A very crude, inchoate road. I wanted to be complete again, as I was when I was a kid. Wanted to be whole between what I thought and what I felt.”

– Taken from Philip Guston: Das Grosse Spätwerk / Late Works, Strzelecki Books

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