Philip Guston. Edge of Town. 1969

Philip Guston Edge of Town 1969

  • The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 4, Collection Galleries

Hooded Klan figures first appeared in Guston's works after one of his Los Angeles murals was vandalized by the Ku Klux Klan in 1933. Of these figures, Guston said, "They are self-portraits. I perceive myself as being behind the hood. . . . The idea of evil fascinated me . . . I almost tried to imagine that I was living with the Klan. What would it be like to be evil?"

Gallery label from Against the Grain: Contemporary Art from the Edward R. Broida Collection, May 3–July 10, 2006.
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
6' 5 1/8" x 9' 2 1/2" (195.6 x 280.7 cm)
Credit
Gift of Edward R. Broida
Object number
717.2005
Copyright
© 2019 The Estate of Philip Guston
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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