The Postponed Philip Guston Show Will Open Earlier; Tate Curator Who Criticized Delay Suspended

  • October 29, 2020 20:59

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Philip Guston, Painting, Smoking, Eating, 1973, oil on canvas, overall: 196.85 x 262.89 cm (77 1/2 x 103 1/2 in.) Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam © The Estate of Philip Guston

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, has said that the four year postponement of "Philip Guston Now" will instead be a two-year delay after an uproar, the New York Times reported. The exhibition will open in 2022, not 2024, as previously announced by the participating museums.

The traveling retrospective would include Guston's imagery of Ku Klux Klan members that the museums decided needed more context after racial justice protests erupted across the U.S. over the summer. Halving the delay, the show will now open in DC in 2022 and then travel to the Tate Modern in London, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Tate curator Mark Godfrey was recently suspended from the institution after he wrote against the delay on his Instagram account, saying the decision was “extremely patronizing” to viewers.

 

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