National Gallery of Art Presents Philip Guston Now

By Editorial Team on March 6, 2023

Thu, March 2 2023 — Sun, August 27 2023

Philip Guston, Painting, Smoking, Eating, 1973
oil on canvas, overall: 196.85 x 262.89 cm (77 1/2 x 103 1/2 in.)
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
© The Estate of Philip Guston

One of America’s greatest modern painters, Philip Guston (1913–1980) bridged the personal and the political, the abstract and the figurative, and the humorous and the tragic in paintings of lively touch and memorable impact. A major retrospective of the artist, Philip Guston Now, presents of the full scope of the artist’s 50-year career. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Tate Modern, London, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the exhibition is on view in the National Gallery’s East Building from March 2 through August 27, 2023. The exhibition will then travel to Tate Modern, which will be its final venue.

“Philip Guston has inspired generations of artists—not just for his remarkable paintings, but also for his courage. We hope this complete look at Guston’s career connects a wide audience with his art’s power and continued relevance,” said Kaywin Feldman, director, National Gallery of Art. “We are grateful to the many people, both inside and outside the museum, whose voices have challenged, guided, and inspired us as we prepared our presentation of the exhibition. The lessons we’ve learned and new processes we’ve implemented will allow us to better fulfill our mission of serving the nation in all its complexity.”

The presentation at the National Gallery will include approximately 110 paintings and 115 drawings from some 40 public and private collections—the largest presentation among the four venues, with more than 30 paintings and drawings on view only in Washington. Also unique to the museum’s presentation is a separate installation on the East Building Ground Floor of all 73 drawings from Guston’s series of Poor Richard drawings, inspired by the life and career of Richard Nixon, which are a promised gift of the Guston Foundation to the National Gallery of Art.

Related programs offer both in-person and virtual opportunities to get inspired by Philip Guston’s art. A conversation on Guston’s public artworks is also a rare chance to see one of his largest commissioned murals, The Reconstruction and Well-Being of the Family (1943) in the Wilbur J. Cohen Federal Building in Southwest DC. Other offerings include a virtual studio that invites participants to make their own artistic creations.

National Gallery of Art is located at 2000 South Club Drive, Landover, MD.