Friday, October 30, 2020

After Backlash, Philip Guston Retrospective to Open in 2022

By Julia Jacobs
“Open Window II” (1969) features the signature hooded figures that Philip Guston drew in a crude, cartoonish fashion in his later years. Several museums claimed more contextualization was needed before a Guston retrospective could open. The Estate of Philip Guston and Hauser & Wirth
The much-discussed Philip Guston retrospective will now open in 2022, a spokeswoman for the National Gallery of Art in Washington said on Wednesday, after the announcement last month of a delay until 2024 sparked a backlash in the art world. The National Gallery and three other major museums had announced that they were delaying the retrospective, which was originally intended to begin its tour last June, after taking into account the surging racial justice protests across the country. The museums had decided that roughly 24 of the Guston works featuring Ku Klux Klan members risked being “misinterpreted” and needed to be better contextualized for the current political moment. [More