May 12, 2016 - Sale 2415

Sale 2415 - Lot 17

Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 8,000
Untitled #11 (Open Washes).

Lithograph on cream wove paper, 1966. 519x727 mm; 20 1/2x28 5/8 inches, full margins. Signed, dated and numbered 4/20 in pencil, lower margin. Printed and published by Hollander's Workshop Inc., New York, with the blind stamp lower right. A superb impression of this very scarce, early lithograph.

Born Philip Goldtsein to Russian emigré parents in Montreal, Guston (1913-1980) attended the Los Angeles Manual Arts High School, where he became friends with Jackson Pollock (both he and Pollock were expelled from that school for a satrical pamphlet they created). Guston pursued a career in the arts that led him to the Otis Art Institute and a lifelong friendship with Reuben Kadish. Guston and Kadish toured Mexico in 1935, meeting Diego Rivera, and by 1936 had arrived in New York to work under the Federal Art Project, WPA. His first solo show at the Midtown Gallery in New York in 1947 was followed by travels to Italy.

When he returned to New York in the 1950s, he renewed his friendship with Pollock, as well as Adolph Gottlieb and Willem de Kooning, and began painting in a looser, more expressionist style. Guston's lithographs from the 1960s reflect the imagery of his painting and drawings from this time; they seem to represent still lifes--like the present work--drawn with bold, gestural strokes not unlike Pollock's Black Paintings from the early 1950s (see lots 1-3).