Out of Time: Philip Guston and the Refiguration of Postwar American Art by Robert SlifkinOut of Time: Philip Guston and the Refiguration of Postwar American Art by Robert Slifkin

Out of Time: Philip Guston and the Refiguration of Postwar American Art

byRobert Slifkin

Hardcover | August 31, 2013

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Focusing on the thirty-three paintings that Philip Guston exhibited at the Marlborough Gallery in 1970, this in-depth account reconsiders the history of postwar American art and the conception of figuration in modern art history. Through a myriad of cultural touchstones, including evidence from literary and musical vogues of the period, Robert Slifkin examines the role of history as both artistic medium and creative catalyst to Guston’s practice as a painter. Slifkin employs a wealth of visual examples, archival materials, and original scholarship to situate Guston’s paintings within broader artistic debates of the time, using the cultural movement of “the sixties” as its orienting foreground. This historical framework provides an interface between the notions of time in art and time in the material world. Lively and edifying, Slifkin’s comprehensive text productively complicates the prescribed traditions of postwar art history and, in turn, shifts our perception of Guston and his place in the domain of modern art.
Robert Slifkin is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
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Title:Out of Time: Philip Guston and the Refiguration of Postwar American ArtFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.1 inPublished:August 31, 2013Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520275292

ISBN - 13:9780520275294

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Table of Contents

Preface: Art, History, and the 1960s
1. Introduction: Figuration circa 1970
2. Literal, Lateral, Historical
3. Action Painting Refigured
4. Conclusion: Badness circa 1970

Notes
Selected Bibliography
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Index

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"Slifkin is clearly smart and this first book promises a strong career."