Poor Richard by Philip Guston

(Artist) (Afterword by)

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$14.95  $13.90
D.A.P./National Gallery of Art
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7.1 X 8.6 X 0.5 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

HARRY COOPER is curator and head of modern art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.


Philip Guston Now is the catalogue for a traveling exhibition that was supposed to open at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., this summer. Though that may yet happen, what we have for now is a lushly illustrated book with scholarly essays on various aspects of Guston's work by that exhibition's four curators. It is accompanied by Poor Richard, a slim volume containing a selection of Guston's satirical drawings of Richard Nixon, created in the summer of 1971, two years before Watergate [...] Together, the two books emphasize Guston's intense involvement in the world outside the studio.--Editors "Art In America"
Nixon critics tend to associate his name not just with lying and abuse of power, but also with maudlin sentimentalism and elaborate excuse-making. A half-century later, as we approach the end of the first term of a president who, for many people, has taken these same characteristics to a new and rarefied level, Guston's Nixon drawings look freshly relevant.--Sebastian Smee "Washington Post"
Poor Richard brings together the suite of outrageous, wacky, scatological, anti-Nixon drawings that Guston committed to two spiral-bound notebooks in the privacy of his studio in Woodstock in 1971, and which remained unpublished for 30 years.--Michael Glover "Hyperallergic"