Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I (heart) Philip Guston

No photos are permitted at the intensely moving show of Guston drawings on view at the Morgan Library (thru aug. 31), which I would say is a must-see, but the MoMA has its spacious second-floor gallery devoted to some knockout works from the Edward R. Broida collection. Again, I wish my photos were a bit better, but the work looks great in person. A sense of desperation in these works that somehow manages to be weirdly reassuring in that existential angst-y sort of way. The painting of these skyward-looking Byzantine Madonna-style eyes puts me in mind of that famous late Goya where the little dog appears to be struggling to stay afloat atop a giant wave of liquid asphalt. And as for this bird's eye view of an open wound that's been sutured to stay that way, well, what can be said, really?

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