Philip Guston (American, 1913-1980) Untitled (President Spiro) c. 1971 10 1/2 x 10 in (26.6 x 25.4 cm)

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Philip Guston
(American, 1913-1980)
Untitled (President Spiro)
c. 1971

Sold for US$ 40,075 inc. premium

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Philip Guston (American, 1913-1980)
Untitled (President Spiro)
c. 1971
signed, titled and dedicated (lower center)
pen on paper
10 1/2 x 10 in (26.6 x 25.4 cm)
Please note this lot is sold unframed.

Footnotes

  • The Guston Foundation confirms that this lot will be included in the future catalogue raisonné of the drawings of Philip Guston.

    Provenance
    A gift from the artist
    Collection of Dr. Barbara Sproul, New York


    When I came back from Europe in the summer of 1971, I was pretty disturbed about everything in the country politically, the administration specifically, and I started doing cartoon characters. And one thing led to another, and so for months I did hundreds of drawings and they seemed to form a kind of story line, a sequence.
    – Philip Guston on his Nixon series.

    Belonging to Philip Guston's famed series of satirical drawings excoriating President Richard Nixon and his cronies, the present work Untitled (President Spiro) was rendered and given as a gift to his friend Barbara Sproul. It was at this time that another of the artist's friends, Philip Roth, the then-partner of Barbara, was working on a Nixon satire of his own: "Our Gang" The conversations between the two friends was partly the inspiration for the series. While Nixon stars in the drawings, an occasional co-star was Vice President Spiro Agnew, always sporting a lumpy, hood-like head and a set of golf clubs, the latter a reference to Agnew's frequency on the course.

    Nixon's marred presidency is well known, but his vice president had legal issues of his own, resigning in the fall of 1973 for issues unrelated to Watergate. Agnew is curiously skewered in the present drawing, described as "President Spiro..." perhaps a premonitory foretelling of what could have been, had he not been forced to resign.
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Philip Guston (American, 1913-1980) Untitled (President Spiro) c. 1971 10 1/2 x 10 in (26.6 x 25.4 cm)
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