Trenton Doyle Hancock, Goober’s Intrusion (2006), Mixed media on paper, 6 ¼ × 10 inches, Collection Jim and Paula Ohaus, Westfield, New Jersey, Courtesy the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York via

Philip Guston has a lot to answer for—that is, if an artist is to be held responsible for the influence his work has on subsequent generations. After establishing himself as a Social Realist by way of de Chirico, Guston gained success for abstractions, at once tender and tenacious, that combined Monet and Mondrian with nary a seam. It was, however, the late-style turnaround, and the hubbub initially surrounding...

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