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    Thursday, October 1st, 2020

    Many leading US artists are angry at what they perceive as self-censorship by major museums.  It follows the decision by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Tate Modern in London, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to delay the presentation of a retrospective by Philip Guston until 2024. He is regarded as one of America’s most influential postwar painters.

    The galleries don’t want trouble and Guston’s later paintings feature men in hoods reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan paintings were first exhibited in 1970 when Guston abandoned his earlier abstractions to face down the evils he first saw as a Jewish child in Los Angeles. They were shown without incident in the US and the UK in 2003-04. 

    The decision to postpone has been condemned in an open letter by nearly leading 100 artists, curators and writers,  young and old, black and white. Among the signatories are Matthew Barney, Nicole Eisenman, Charles Gaines, Ellen Gallagher, Wade Guyton, Rachel Harrison, Joan Jonas, Ralph Lemon, Julie Mehretu, Adrian Piper, Pope.L, Martin Puryear, Amy Sillman, Lorna Simpson, Henry Taylor, Stanley Whitney and Christopher Williams. 

    The delay is to let the institutions rethink their presentation of his later figurative paintings. According to a spokesperson for the National Gallery spokesperson these risk being “misinterpreted” today.

    Philip Guston (1913-1980) – Untitled (Red Spot) comes up at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary sale in New York on October 7 with an estimate of $600,000-800,000. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $750,000


    Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

    Francis Bacon – Study for Portrait. Signed, titled and dated 1981 on the reverse ($12-18 MILLION)

    Francis Bacon’s Study for Portrait – the last of the artist’s famed portraits of his lover and muse George Dyer – is to come up at Sotheby’s in New York.  It is among the highlights from the Gerald L. Lennard Foundation Collection at the May  marquee auctions of Contemporary and Impressionist & Modern Art.  Other works include Willem de Kooning’s Untitled X from the group of works created in 1975 that marked the artist’s transition from a period of radical experimentation to the lush abstracts which are among his most celebrated and sought after works today; the most comprehensive group of late works by Philip Guston ever to appear at auction, including Legs, Rug, Floor from 1976 andRed Sky from 1978; and signature portraits by Frank Auerbarch depicting his wife Julia Wolstenhome and his friend Catherine Lampert.

    The Gerald L. Lennard Foundation’s interests include helping to promote programs involving visual and performing arts, healthcare, education and environmental sustainability.  Proceeds from the sale of the 37 works presented will help to benefit the Foundation’s mission now and in the future.

    Philip Guston Legs, Rug, Floor Signed, titled, and dated 1976 on the reverse ($6-8 MILLION)

    Willem de Kooning Untitled X Executed in 1975 ($8-12 MILLION)