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Artist
Philip Guston
Title
The Street
Date
1970
Medium
lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Sight: 21 1/4 × 27 1/4 inches (54 × 69.2 cm)
Tags
Print
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dorsky.
Accession Number
1973.8.13
Philip Guston is an American painter known for his influential and personal style of cartoon figuration, but he began his career as an Abstract Expressionist. With an early interest in art, Guston attended Los Angeles’ Manual Arts High School where he met Jackson Pollock, who became one of the world’s most seminal AbEx artists.

After moving to New York City in 1935, Guston spent more time with Abstract Expressionists such as Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. Being part of such an intensive New York art scene influenced his gestural, expressive paintings. However, in 1967, Guston became increasingly frustrated with abstraction and returned to his original cartoonish figurations. The Street was created shortly after Guston’s change of style for which he remains best known—an iconic lexicon of symbols such as shoes, hands, cigarettes, clocks, lightbulbs and Klansmen.