Oral history interview with Philip Guston, 1965 January 29
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980
Trovato, Joseph S., 1912-1983
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Works Progress Administration
University of Iowa
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Transcript: 5 pages
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Interview of Philip Guston conducted on January 29, 1965, by Joseph Trovato, in the artist's home in Woodstock, New York, for the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project.
Guston briefly provides biographical information and spends the remainder of his time speaking of his experiences working on the Mural Project (PWAP) in Los Angeles; his move to New York working under Reginald Marsh as a non-relief artist; his multiple mural projects in New York (Penn Station Subway, Queensbridge Housing Project, WPA Mural for the World's Fair, etc.); his success in WPA Fine Arts competitions; his move to Woodstock, Vermont; his time spent teaching at the University of Iowa; his many influences (Renaissance, Modern and Abstract Painters); his personal/professional feelings about the WPA as well as his political feelings about it.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Philip Guston, 1965 January 29. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript also available as a digital file at http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/guston65.htm
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Location of original tape unknown.
Philip Guston (1913-1980) was a painter in both New York and Los Angeles.
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
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