Catalogue Raisonné

P60.024

Alchemist, 1960
Oil on canvas
61 x 67⅜ in.
154.9 x 171.1 cm
Signed front lower right: Philip Guston
Provenance
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Mari and James A. Michener, 1968
Mari and James A. Michener
Exhibitions
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY, "New Paintings by Philip Guston", February 13, 1961 - March 11, 1961 
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL, "The Sidney Janis Painters", April 08, 1961 - May 07, 1961
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, "Philip Guston", May 03, 1962 - July 01, 1962  Travelled to:
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, "Selections from the James A. Michener Foundation Collection", October 04, 1963 - October 27, 1963
Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, "The James A. Michener Foundation Collection", December 08, 1963 - January 12, 1964
National Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, "Selected Paintings from the James A. Michener Foundation Collection", February 18, 1964 - March 30, 1964 Travelled to:
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, "Recent Paintings from the James A. Michener Foundation", April 13, 1966 - April 30, 1966
Columbus Museum of Arts and Crafts, Columbus, GA, "Sources for Tomorrow, from the James A. Michener Foundation Collection", January 14, 1967 - February 12, 1967 Travelled to:
Wilson Memorial Art Center, Beaumont, TX, "Selections from the Michener Collection", July 06, 1970 - August 08, 1970
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO, "The Sixties: A Collection of Paintings from the Michener Collection", September 19, 1971 - October 18, 1971
Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX, "The Michener Collection: American Paintings of the Twentieth Century, inaugural exhibition in the Michener Galleries", November 22, 1972 - March 01, 1973
Michener Galleries, , "Abstract Expressionism: The First and Second Generations, selected from paintings in the Michener Collection", September 23, 1973 - November 25, 1973
Huntington Art Gallery, Austin, TX, "Gorky's Contemporaries", October 12, 1975 - November 23, 1975
Huntington Art Gallery, Austin, TX, "Abstract Expressionists and Imagists: A Retrospective View, An Exhibition of Paintings from the Michener Collection", February 01, 1976 - March 28, 1976
Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX, "Figure & Form 1960 - 1970, Selections from the Michener Collection", May 14, 1978 - August 20, 1978
Huntington Art Gallery, Austin, TX, "A Tribute to Mari and James A. Michener: Selections from the Michener Collection of Twentieth-Century American Art", May 20, 1992 - July 26, 1992
James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA, "Twentieth Century American Art from the Mari and James A. Michener Collection", July 19, 1993 - January 02, 1994 Travelled to:
Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY, "Philip Guston: Painter", April 26, 2016 - July 30, 2016 
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