Philip Guston, Last Piece

I really dig this Last Piece painting by Philip Guston. This is a piece he did in 1958. This is notable because it marks a transition from abstract expressionism to more figurative works that he called neo-expressionism. The title reflects that change.

In an interesting twist, after the KKK destroyed one of his paintings, much of his later work would include a Klan member. He 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.”

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