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Night Studio: A Memoir of Philip Guston

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A new edition of this classic, intimate memoir by Philip Guston’s daughter, Musa Mayer, with a new afterword. Beginning as a muralist in the 1930s, Philip Guston (1913–1980) embraced the lyrical vocabulary of Abstract Expressionism after his move to the East Coast. Following an artistic crisis in the mid-60s, his return to figuration—focusing first on things of ordinary life, later evolving to the enigmatic and iconic cartoonlike forms for which he is now best known—shook the art world. Night Studio is both a deeply personal account of growing up in the shadow of a great artist and a daughter’s quest to better understand her father, based on letters, notes, and interviews. This richly illustrated new edition is complemented by Mayer’s reflections on the recent reception of Guston’s work and the afterlife of her memoir, first published to critical acclaim in 1988.

Night Studio: A Memoir of Philip Guston
Night Studio: A Memoir of Philip Guston Sale price$38.00




Hauser & Wirth Publishers




Written by Musa Mayer / Hauser & Wirth Publishers


372 pages


15 x 23.4 cm



Publication Date


The Artist

Philip Guston

Philip Guston (1913 – 1980) is one of the great luminaries of twentieth-century art. His commitment to producing work from genuine emotion and lived experience ensures its enduring impact. Guston’s legendary career spanned a half century, from 1930 to 1980. His paintings – particularly the liberated and instinctual forms of his late work – continue to exert a powerful influence on younger generations of contemporary painters.
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