Philip Guston: Friend - To M.F. (1978)

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Friend - To M.F. (1978) In the early 1950's, through his friend John Cage, Feldman met Philip Guston, along with many other artists of the New York School. Guston became Feldman's closest friend. This close friendship broke up in 1970. The rift was precipitated by Feldman's failure to respond positively to Guston's new work, the first in his later "cartoonlike" style. In 1978, Guston painted "Friend - To M.F." - a portrait of Feldman in profile, his head turned away: "an image of their mutually regretted estrangement"(Robert Storr, Philip Guston, p50).
Picture courtesy of The Estate of Philip Guston, care of McKee Gallery, New York. Collection of the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa. This image may not be reproduced or used in any other way without express permission of The Estate of Philip Guston.