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Creator Name: Guston, Philip
Creator Dates/Places: American, 1913 - 1980
Creator Name-CRT: Philip Guston
Title: Pink Summer
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1975
Creation End Date: 1975
Creation Date: 1975
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 69 x 78 1/2 in. (175.26 x 199.39 cm.)
AMICA Contributor: Dallas Museum of Art
Owner Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
ID Number: 1992.512
Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, gift of the Estate of Musa Guston
Context: John Wilcox, a native of Denison, Texas (b. 1954 Denison, Texas), has been drawing since childhood. He became interested in painting while attending St. Stephens (1969-73), an experimental boarding school near Austin. Although he received a B.A. degree from Colorado College (1977), John Wilcox is largely self-tutored as an artist. Early on, numerous geometric shapes inhabited his works, which sport titles with references to popular culture such as 'Atomic Thunderbird' and 'Accurate TV.' Titles such as 'Make Time, Kill Time,' 'Same,' and 'Don't Worry' seem to reflect an internalizatin of the 'pointillist' painting process he was using. After moving to New York in 1985, John Wilcox gradually abandoned imagery for abstraction. In 1987, he painted four large canvases representing the seasons. Within these canvases there remains only a suggestion of a shape; short black and white brushstrokes, alternately covering each other, evoke the grays of winter, while two converging lines hint at a structure. However, Wilcox's visual vocabulary became still more reduced when he sanded his 'pointillist' canvases into sensuous monochrome paintings. Although these paintings have their antecedents in the work of Ad Reinhardt, John Wilcox feels a more personal connection to the geometric abstractionist Myron Stout, who was born and raised in Denison. Wilcox credits the reductiveness of his paintings and their spiritual quality to his native Texas, to which he returned in 1990.'Third Prayer' is the third and last of a series entitled 'Prayer.' The first work consists of five white squares covered with a pencil grid (inspired by the work of Agnes Martin); the second is made up of two gray canvases; and the third, a black painting with the dimensions 70 x 30 in., is intended to evoke both a mirror and coffin. The painting is an attempt to see beyond death into the furture. The process of its creation, the process of alternately applying and sanding down more than 35 layers of black paint, in the pattern of an informal grid was itself a kind of search or medtitaion in which the viewer is called upon to participate. The mysterious sheen created by this meticulous and exacting process seems to impart the painting with a supernatural glow.
AMICA ID: DMA_.1992.512
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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