Catalogue Raisonné

P57.002

Fable, 1956-1957
Oil on canvas
65 x 75 in.
165.1 x 190.5 cm
Signed front lower right: Philip Guston; inscribed on reverse: "FABLE" (backwards 'F') 1956-57/PHILIP GUSTON/65" x 75"
Provenance
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase, Bixby Fund, 1957
Exhibitions
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY, "8 Americans", April 01, 1957 - April 20, 1957
Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, MO, "[Unknown Title]", May 10, 1957 - May 31, 1957
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY, "Philip Guston", February 24, 1958 - March 22, 1958 
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, "Philip Guston", May 03, 1962 - July 01, 1962  Travelled to:
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, "Masterworks from Washington University Collection", April 07, 1966 - May 08, 1966
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE, "American Painting Since World War II", June 08, 1971 - July 11, 1971
Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, MO, "Summer Selections", May 24, 1979 - August 31, 1979
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, "Philip Guston, Retrospective 1930 - 1979", May 15, 1980 - June 29, 1980  Travelled to:
Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, "Philip Guston and Max Beckmann: A Reminiscence", November 08, 1988 - December 13, 1988
Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, "Philip Guston: 50 Years of Painting", September 09, 1989 - October 22, 1989 
Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, MO, "A Gallery of Modern Art", August 15, 1994 - October 16, 1994
Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, MO, "Abstract Expressionism: American Art in the 1950s and 1960s", January 17, 1997 - April 06, 1997
Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, MO, "Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism", January 12, 1998 - April 05, 1998
Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, MO, "International Abstraction: Art of the 1950s from the Washington University Collections", January 22, 1999 - March 28, 1999
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX, "Philip Guston Retrospective", March 30, 2003 - June 08, 2003  Travelled to:
Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, "Philip Guston: Painterly Abstraction to the Figurative Grotesque", June 23, 2006 - September 04, 2006 
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum , St. Louis, MO, "Frederick Hartt and American Abstraction in the 1950s: Building the Collection at Washington University in St. Louis", May 04, 2012 - August 27, 2012
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum , St. Louis, MO, "Real/Radical/Psychological: The Collection on Display", September 09, 2016 - January 15, 2017
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA, "Philip Guston Now", May 01, 2022 - September 11, 2022 
Bibliography
Devree, Howard. "Old East, New Art: Japan's Recent Painting—Today's Americans." The New York Times, April 7, 1957, p. X17, mentioned in text, not illus.
McCue, George. "Givens Art Exhibit Crackles in Color." St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 15, 1957, mentioned in text, not illus.
Ashton, Dore. "Art." Arts & Architecture, June 1957, pp. 8–10, illus. in b&w p. 8 and mentioned in text p. 9
8 Americans: Albers deKooning Gorky Guston Kline Motherwell Pollock Rothko. Exh. cat. New York: Sidney Janis Gallery, 1957, cat. no. 4, illus. in b&w, listed as "Fable"
Ashton, Dore. "Art." Arts & Architecture, April 1958, pp. 8, 29 and 32, illus. in b&w p. 8
Ashton, Dore. "Some Lyricists in the New York School." Art News and Review (London), November 22, 1958, pp. 3, 8, illus. in b&w p. 3
Schiff, Bennett. [Article title unknown]. New York Post, 1958, mentioned in text, not illus.
Sandler, Irving. "Guston: A Long Voyage Home." ARTnews, December 1959, pp. 36–39, 64–65, illus. in b&w no. 7 p. 38. Mentioned in text p. 38. Listed as being from 1956-57 in text, but as being from 1957 with illustration
Ashton, Dore. Philip Guston. New York: Grove, 1960, illus. in b&w (unpaginated) and discussed p. 54, listed as "Fable"
Alloway, Lawrence. "Book Reviews: Ashton on Guston." Arts Review, July 23–August 12, 1961, pp. 17, 20, mentioned in text p. 17, not illus.
O'Hara, Frank. "Growth and Guston." ARTnews, May 1962, pp. 31–33, 51–52, illus. in b&w p. 32
Hunter, Sam, "Philip Guston," Art International, May 1962, pp. 62–67, illus. in b&w p. 63 as "Fable I" and mentioned in text pp. 66-67 as "Fable" and from 1957
Philip Guston. Exh. cat. New York: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1962, cat. no. 34, illus. in b&w p. 71
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Nordland, Gerald. "Review at Mid-Life." Frontier, July 1963, pp. 23–25, illus. in b&w p. 24 and mentioned in text p. 25
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Ashton, Dore. Yes, but... A Critical Study of Philip Guston. New York: Viking, 1976, illus. in b&w p. 111
Woodstock Times. "Philip Guston Dies in Woodstock." June 12, 1980, illus. in b&w
Kingsley, April. "Philip Guston's Endgame: From Realism to Abstraction and Back, Philip Guston Remains Unique in Twentieth-Century Art." Horizon: The Magazine of the Arts, June 1980, pp. 34–41, mentioned in text p. 39, not illus.
Albright, Thomas. "Philip Guston: 'It's a Strange Thing to Be Immersed in the Culture of Painting...'" ARTnews, September 1980, pp. 114–16, mentioned in text p. 115 (unpaginated), not illus.
Rickey, Carrie. "Gust, Gusto, Guston." Artforum, October 1980, pp. 32–39, mentioned in text p. 38 as "Fable", not illus.
Philip Guston. Exh. cat. New York: George Braziller, 1980, cat. no. 28, illus. in color plate 23 p. 67
Lansing, Gerritt L. "Guston Retrospective." Art/World, Summer 1981, mentioned in text, not illus.
Hill, Andrea. "No Picnic: Philip Guston at the Whitney." Artscribe, August 1981, pp. 19–21, mentioned in text p. 21, not illus.
Illustrated Checklist of the Collection, Washington University Gallery of Art. St. Louis: Washington University Gallery of Art, 1981, illus. in b&w p. 40
Nicholas Serota, ed. Philip Guston: Paintings 1969–1980. Exh. cat. London: Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1982, illus. in b&w p. 11
Zaller, Robert. "Philip Guston and the Crisis of the Image." Critical Inquiry 14, no. 1 (1987): pp. 69–94, mentioned in text p. 79, not illus.
Ashton, Dore. A Critical Study of Philip Guston. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990, illus. in color p. 111
Neidhardt, Jane, ed. A Gallery of Modern Art at Washington University in St. Louis. St. Louis: Washington University Gallery of Art, 1994, illus. in color no. 76, p. 169. Discussed pp. 168 and 201
Ottinger, Didier. Philip Guston (1913–1980) Oeuvres Sur Papier 1975–1980. Exh. cat. Les Sables d'Olonne: Musée de l'Abbaye Sainte-Croix des Sables d'Olonne, France, 1995, illus. in color no page # (not in exhibition)
Auping, Michael. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Philip Guston Retrospective. Exh. cat. London: Thames & Hudson, 2003, illus. in color Plate 42, unpaginated (but would be p. 141) and mentioned in text p. 47
Krauss, Nicole. "The First Painter after the Last." Modern Painters, Winter 2003, illus. in color p. 89
Philip Guston: Odd Man Out. BBC Four, January 28, 2004. Television, detail illus. in color
Hohmeyer, Boris. "Die Entdeckung der Wirklichkeit." Art: Das Kunstmagazin March 2007, pp. 26–35, mentioned in text p. 34, not illus.
Coolidge, Clark, ed. Philip Guston: Collected Writings, Lectures, and Conversations. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011, mentioned in text p. 218, not illus.
Wilson, Calvin. "Kemper Exhibition Focuses on Abstract Art." St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 22, 2012, illus. in color online
Butler, Karen K. Frederick Hartt and American Abstraction in the 1950s: Building the Collection at Washington University in St. Louis. St. Louis: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 2012, pp. 15-16, note 24, 30, fig. 10
Miller, Peter Benson, ed. Go Figure! New Perspectives on Guston. New York: American Academy in Rome; New York Review of Books, 2014, mentioned in text p. 45, not illus.
Thomas, Elly. Play and the Artist's Creative Process. New York: Routledge, 2019, mentioned in text pp. 67, 71 and 134, not illus.
Cooper, Harry, Mark Godfrey, Alison de Lima Greene, and Kate Nesin. Philip Guston Now. Exh. cat. Washington D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 2020, illus. in color Plate 45 p. 66 and mentioned in text pp. 44-45
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Whyte, Murray. "The MFA recast artist Philip Guston amid a nationwide racial reckoning -- here's the result." Boston Globe, April 28, 2022. Online, mentioned in text, not illus.
Bowen, Jared. 'Philip Guston Now' portrays art of controversial and confrontational painter. Washington D.C.: PBS News Hour, May 12, 2022. Video, illus. in color as part of an installation photo