Ancient Wall


Philip Guston, American, b. Montreal, Canada, 1913–1980

Oil on linen, 80 x 93 5/8 in. (203.2 x 237.7 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Regents Collections Acquisition Program, 1987

Accession Number: 87.33

The artist, to 1980
Estate of the artist
David McKee Gallery, New York, to 30 October 1987
Regents Collections Acquisition Program, 1987

Exhibition History:
ALAN FRUMKIN GALLERY, Chicago. "Philip Guston: Major Paintings, 1975-1976," 1978, ill.
AKRON ART INSTITUTE, Ohio. "Philip Guston," 8 March-4 May 1980.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Recent Acquisitions, 1986-1988," 15 March-14 May 1989, unpublished checklist, no. 32.
VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Richmond. "Philip Guston," 8 October 1994-5 February 1995.
DES MOINES ART CENTER, Iowa. "Shifting Visions: O’Keeffe, Guston, Richter," 10 October 1998-24 January 1999, color ill. p. 47.
MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH. "Philip Guston Retrospective," 30 March-8 June 2003, no. 102, ill. Tour: SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, 28 June-27 September; METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, New York, 27 October-4 January 2004; ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, London, 24 January-12 April.
JEWISH MUSEUM, New York. "Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976," 4 May-21 September 2008, cat. Tour: SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM, 19 October-11 January 2009; ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY, Buffalo, New York, 13 February-31 May.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "At the Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection," 16 October 2014-24 April 2016, no cat.

Published References:
HERR, MARCIANNE. "Philip Guston Painting," Dialogue (March/April 1980), ill. p. 10.
STORR, ROBERT. Philip Guston (New York: Abbeville Press, 1986), colorplate p. 75.
UNSIGNED. "Principales Acquisitions des Musées en 1987," Gazette des Beaux-Arts: La Chronique des Arts, no. 1430 (March 1988), p. 67.
RICHARD, PAUL. "The Display of Daring," Washington Post (15 March 1989), p. B8, ill. p. B9.
UNSIGNED. "Selected Recent Acquisitions of Twentieth-Century Art by American Museums," Burlington Magazine 131 (July 1989), p. 516, fig. 5.
ANFAM, DAVID. Abstract Expressionism (London: Thames and Hudson, 1990), fig. 163, p. 200.
ZILCZER, JUDITH K. "Philip Guston," in Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: 150 Works of Art (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996), p. 132, colorplate p. 133.
AUPING, MICHAEL et al. Philip Guston Retrospective (Fort Worth, Texas: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth with Thames & Hudson, 2003), pl. 102.
BARRY, IAN and ANNE ELLEGOOD. Amy Sillman: Third Person Singular (Saratoga Springs, New York: The Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, 2008), ill. p. 59.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Abstract Expressionism (First Generation)/American Contemporary