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Beautifully contextualising the Basil Beattie exhibition is a one room display of painting and lithographs by Philip Guston. 2013 marks the centenary of Philip Guston’s birth. Beattie saw Philip Guston’s Whitechapel show in 1962 and was later strongly influenced by his work. Guston was closely associated with American Abstract Expressionism and the artists Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and his childhood friend Jackson Pollock. He developed a distinctive personal style from a range of realist, surrealist and abstract influences. Guston’s works feature recurrent images such as the soles of shoes, heads, nails and hooded figures, suggesting isolation and dislocation.

Image: Philip Guston, Pile Up © 1981 The Estate of Philip Guston and Gemini G.E.L.