I Paint What I Want to See (Paperback)

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Collected here are lectures Philip Guston gave to students & conversations with with the few artists who understood what he was doing in the later era of his life, detailing why he left abstract painting, his love of Renaissance artists, and what drove him to create at all. Guston passion is so clear, unmarred by pretension or heady theory, presented here as some of the best writing I've ever read on what it means to make art.

— David


'Thank God for yellow ochre, cadmium red medium, and permanent green light'

How does a painter see the world?  Philip Guston, one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century, spoke about art with unparalleled candor and commitment. Touching on work from across his career as well as that of his fellow artists and Renaissance heroes, this selection of his writings, talks, and interviews draws together some of his most incisive reflections on iconography and abstraction, metaphysics and mysticism, and, above all, the nature of painting and drawing.

'Among the most important, powerful and influential American painters of the last 100 years ... he's an art world hero' Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine

About the Author

Philip Guston (1913-1980) was a Canadian-born American painter, printmaker, muralist, and draughtsman.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780241525715
ISBN-10: 0241525713
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: September 1st, 2022
Pages: 112
Language: English