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Phillip Guston

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But you begin to feel as you go on working that unless painting proves its right to exist by being critical and self-judging, it has no reason to exist at all - or is not even possible. The canvas is a court where the artist is prosecutor, defendant, jury and judge. Art without a trial disappears at a glance.
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ARTnews Annual, October 1966, pp. 102/103 and 152/153

 
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