Much like one of his favorite authors, Samuel Beckett, Guston makes something serious, pathetic, and funny out of raw violence. Here the human body has been reduced to a jumble of awkward part-objects: fragmented legs on the left and hairy wrists and hands in the middle. The hands wield trash-can lids as shields, defending the territory behind them from an army of encroaching limbs. The Street evokes the violence that upset both New York City and the globe during the 1960s and 1970s. As Guston said, "When the 1960s came along I was feeling split, schizophrenic. The war, what was happening in America, the brutality of the world. . . . I knew ahead of me a road was laying. A very crude, inchoate road."
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Aspects of the City," July 31–September 30, 1984, no catalogue (removed early for loan to Exh. Perth 1984).
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth. "Philip Guston: The Late Works," September 27–October 28, 1984, no. 27.
Sydney. Art Gallery of New South Wales. "Philip Guston: The Late Works," November 8–December 30, 1984, no. 27.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Selection Two: Twentieth-Century Art," June 4–September 2, 1985, no catalogue.
Madrid. Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. "Philip Guston: Retrospectiva de Pintura," March 1–May 8, 1989, no. 55.
Barcelona. Palau de la Virreina. "Philip Guston: Retrospectiva de Pintura," May 25–July 16, 1989, no. 55.
Saint Louis Art Museum. "Philip Guston: 50 Years of Painting," September 9–October 22, 1989, no. 55.
Dallas Museum of Art. "Philip Guston: 50 Years of Painting," November 19, 1989–January 14, 1990, no. 55.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. "Philip Guston Retrospective," March 30–June 8, 2003, no. 113.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Philip Guston Retrospective," June 28–September 27, 2003, no. 113.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Philip Guston Retrospective," October 27, 2003–January 4, 2004, no. 113.
London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Philip Guston Retrospective," January 24–April 12, 2004, no. 113.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Street," March 5–May 27, 2013, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art [The Met Breuer]. "Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950–1980," September 13, 2017–January 14, 2018, no. 57.
Ross Feld inPhilip Guston. Exh. cat., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1980, pp. 30–31, 33, colorpl. 73, identifies this painting as a version of Uccello's "Battle of San Romano" (1438–40, Louvre, Paris; National Gallery, London; Uffizi, Florence).
Andrea S. Van Dyke. Art In Our Time. Exh. cat., Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee, 1980, unpaginated, ill. (color), states that this painting contains many of Guston's familiar images such as the chunky shoe, spiders and bottles; identifies the tangled leg imagery from paintings done in 1976; states that the piece of wood stuck with nails "represents an artist's easel and is always included in the works that show the artist either working on or contemplating his art"; comments that Guston's works are always at least in part autobiographical, noting that here the artist's tools are found among the trash.
James Burr. "Round the Galleries: The Rise and Fall of Philip Guston." Apollo 116 (October 1982), p. 273, fig. 1.
Edward F. Fry inPhilip Guston: The Late Works. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. [Sydney], 1984, pp. 19, 64, no. 27, ill. p. 42 (color).
Lisa M. Messinger in "Twentieth Century Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1983–1984. New York, 1984, p. 98, ill. (color).
Richard F. Shepard. "Going Out Guide: City Lights." New York Times (August 1, 1984), p. C22.
Piri Halasz. "Manhattan Museums: The 1940s vs. the 1980s; Part Two: The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Arts Magazine 59 (March 1985), pp. 97–98.
Eugene Victor Thaw. "The Abstract Expressionists." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 44 (Winter 1986–87), p. 47, fig. 43 (color).
Kay Larson. "The Met Goes Modern: Bill Lieberman's Brave New Wing." New York Magazine 19 (December 15, 1986), ill. p. 44 (color).
Robert Storr. Philip Guston. New York, 1986, pp. 82–83, fig. 84.
Lisa Mintz Messinger in20th Century Art: Selections from the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Vol. 2, Painting: 1945-1985. New York, 1986, pp. 50–51, ill. (color, overall and detail).
William S. Lieberman in20th Century Art: Selections from the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Vol. 2, Painting: 1945–1985. New York, 1986, p. 7.
Bruce D. Kurtz. New Narrative Painting: Selections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. brochure, Phoenix Art Museum. Phoenix, 1986, unpaginated, ill.
Paul Richard. "Mixing It Up At the Metropolitan: Standards & Surprises at the Museum's New Wallace Wing." Washington Post (February 1, 1987), p. F9.
Michael Kimmelman. "At the Met with Elizabeth Murray: Looking for the Magic in Painting." New York Times (October 21, 1994), p. C28, ill. p. C1.
Robert Hughes. The Shock of the New: The Hundred–Year History of Modern Art–Its Rise, Its Dazzling Achievement, Its Fall. New York, 1996, p. 398, colorpl. 256.
Michael Kimmelman. "At the Met with Susan Rothenberg and Bruce Nauman: Two Who Define Today Amble in the Past." New York Times (February 21, 1997), p. C26.
Michael Kimmelman. Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre and Elsewhere. New York, 1998, pp. xiii, 30–31, 122, 188, ill., calls it "Street" in the text.
Michael Auping inPhilip Guston Retrospective. Exh. cat., Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Fort Worth, 2003, pp. 13, 241, colorpl. 113, calls this painting a "powerful battle scene".
Mario Naves. "Guston, Vindicated Underdog, A Man Who Changed His Mind." New York Observer (November 17, 2003), ill. p. 18.
Sarah Schmerler. "Learning to Scrawl: A Met Retrospective Charts Philip Guston's Animated Progression." Time Out New York no. 414 (September 4–11, 2003), p. 16, ill. (color).
Post-War and Contemporary Art: Evening Sale. Christie's, New York. May 11, 2005, p. 122, under no. 31, ill. (color).
Christopher Bucklow. What is in the Dwat: The Universe of Guston's Final Decade. Grasmere, 2007, p. 88 n. 104, pp. 115, 120, 128, ill. pp. 98–99 (color detail).
David Kaufmann. Telling Stories: Philip Guston's Later Works. Berkeley, 2010, pp. 50–51.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York, 2012, p. 433, ill. (color).
Paulo Pasta. A Educação Pela Pintura. São Paulo, 2012, fig. 22 (color).
Kathryn Calley Galitz. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Masterpiece Paintings. New York, 2016, p. 534, ill. (color), colorpl. 491.
Kelly Baum inDelirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950–1980. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art [The Met Breuer]. New York, 2017, pp. 54, 213, colorpl. 57.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York, 2019, p. 433, ill. (color).
Musa Mayer. Philip Guston. New York, 2020, p. 93, ill. (color).
Robin Pogrebin. "Met to Receive Trove of Philip Guston's Art." New York Times (December 15, 2022), p. C6.
The Guston Foundation, ed. Catalogue Raisonné. Online resource [gustoncrllc.org/home/catalogue_raisonne], 2023 (accessed), no. P77.038, ill. (color).
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