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In this talk, Mark Godfrey will reflect on the plans for the Philip Guston Now exhibition that was supposed to take place at Tate Modern in February 2021 and that is now delayed until 2023. He will discuss decisions that the curators made about the checklist, the exhibition’s original narrative and flow of rooms, and the way in which the catalogue was conceived. There will be an account of the plans that were in place for the presentation of Guston’s 1930s and 1960s works that include images of Klansmen. He will also discuss some of the responses to the decision taken in September 2020 not to proceed with the show in 2021.
Dr. Mark Godfrey is an art historian and curator based in London. He taught History and Theory of Art at the Slade from 2002-2007 and was Senior Curator, International Art at Tate Modern until early 2021. While at Tate, he curated and co-curated retrospectives of Roni Horn, Francis Alys, Alighiero E Boetti, Richard Hamilton, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Franz West, and Olafur Eliasson as well as the group show ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’. His books include ‘Abstraction and the Holocaust’ and Alighiero E Boetti, both published by Yale. He won the Absolut Art Prize for Art Writing in 2015 and was a jury member of the Venice Biennale in 2017. He is currently at work on exhibitions of Laura Owens, Jacqueline Humphries, as well as the 2021 Hyundai Turbine Hall commission at Tate Modern by Anicka Yi
John-Paul Stonard, a writer and art historian. His book Creation. Art Since the Beginning, a new history of art from cave painting to contemporary, will be published by Bloomsbury in Autumn this year