Art historians and critics talk with Philip Guston about his ideas and new work of the 1970's as he moves away from Abstract Expressionism and shifts his focus to Figuration. With the participation of Roberta Smith, Jan Butterfield and Charles Shere, Conversations with Philip Guston becomes an intimate study of the artist's thoughts, theories, and artistic pursuits.
Michael Blackwood Productions
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I'm actually convinced that the engagement with the subject, with the forms, the tangibility. And the pressures together, with the plastic pressures, the demands of painting. You know, where it is and what's over and what. You know, the rhythmic distribution. That engagement which is the most hell-raising and serious and impossible, and an anxiety-rhythm. The engagement you can think of produces the most unpredictable structures. And that's why so-called abstract, flat painting is ridiculous ...