In Praise of Folly

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In Praise Of Folly: Five Artists after Philip Guston

Artists gain inspiration from countless sources. Often it is the work of another artist.  In Praise of Folly: Five Artists after Philip Guston takes that notion and delivers it with a twist. Diverging from the customary exploration of artistic influences through pairings, the Missoula Art Museum invited five nationally known artists to look at, think about, and creatively respond to Philip Guston’s iconic Cigar (1969; Art Bridges Collection).

The exhibition presents Guston’s painting in conversation with new work by Adrian Arleo, John Buck, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Richard Notkin, and Jay Schmidt. The artists were selected because of a conceptual or aesthetic affinity for Guston’s work and the expectation that the results would shed a new light not only on each artist’s individual practice, but also on the many ways Guston’s work might resonate with contemporary art. The responses to the political and racial content found in Cigar and to Guston’s aesthetic practice offer an exhibition varied in media and scale with surprising consonances to Guston’s work and each other’s. These five artists evoke, investigate, and complicate Guston’s artistic legacy, demonstrating the continuing power of his work as a touchstone for contemporary art.

Explore the in-depth exhibition website here.

Organizer: Missoula Art Museum

Space Requirements: 1,200 sf

Supporting Material: Under development

Exhibition Costs:* Under development

Tour Duration: 6 venues at 12-16 weeks each

*Art Bridges Partner Institutions are eligible for financial support through an Exhibition Project. If you’d like to apply for support – and become a partner – start here.

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Tour Schedule

January 25 – September 1, 2019
Missoula Art Museum
Missoula, MT

Available for booking
12-16 weeks at each venue

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