Cigar painting
Philip Guston, Cigar, 1969, oil on canvas, 52 × 60 1/8 in. Art Bridges.

This project was initiated when the Missoula Art Museum extended an invitation to five nationally known artists—Adrian Arleo (Missoula, Mont.), John Buck (Bozeman, Mont.), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Corrales, N.M.), Richard Notkin (Vaughn, Wash.), and Jay Schmidt (Bozeman, Mont.)—to look at, think about, and creatively respond to an iconic work of American Art, Philip Guston’s seminal Cigar, painted in 1969. The artists were selected because of a conceptual or aesthetic affinity for Guston’s work and artistic legacy. These five artists demonstrate the continuing power of Guston’s work as a touchstone for contemporary art, and contribute to the unfolding story of American art. Their responses to the political and racial content found in Cigar and to Guston’s aesthetic practice form the basis for this exhibition.

At The Missoula Art Museum
January 25 - May 18

Overview

Between Two Fires

Money Dogs

Philip Guston’s ‘Cigar’ Gets a Notkin Redo

Portrait of the Artist As A Sphinx

Trade Canoe: The Surrounded

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Between Two Fires, 2018, carved jelutong and mechanical components, 35h x 83l x 60w x inches, courtesy of the artist

About The Artist

Learn about John Buck and hear his thoughts on the impact and relevance of Philip Guston. Featuring a video interview with Buck.

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220° View of Between Two Fires

See the kinetic sculpture on display.

Go Deeper

On September 19, Buck sat down with Jay Schmidt for a conversation moderated by MAM Senior Curator Brandon Reintjes.

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Five New Works On Display Now

When stand-out contemporary artists are challenged to reflect the influence of Philip Guston, the results speak to our present-day political landscape. Preview before your visit. Swipe the image above for a zoomable 360 panorama.

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Philip Guston’s ‘Cigar’ Gets a Notkin Redo, 2018/2019, White earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, underglaze, electrical components, 10h x 16w x 11d inches, courtesy of the artist

About The Artist

Learn about Richard Notkin and hear his thoughts on the impact and relevance of Philip Guston. Featuring a video interview with Notkin.

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160° View of Philip Guston’s ‘Cigar’ Gets a Notkin Redo

Get a detailed look at the ceramic sculpture on display.

Go Deeper

On October 25, Notkin sat down with fellow ceramicist Adrian Arleo for a conversation moderated by MAM Senior Curator Brandon Reintjes.

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Money Dogs, 2018, Acrylic on Canvas, 92h x 138w inches, courtesy of the artist

About The Artist

Learn about Jay Schmidt and hear his thoughts on the impact and relevance of Philip Guston. Featuring a video interview with Schmidt.

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Zoomable View of Money Dogs

Get a detailed look at the painting on display.

Go Deeper

On September 19, Schmidt sat down with John Buck for a conversation moderated by MAM Senior Curator Brandon Reintjes.

Arleo's sculpture
Arleo's sculpture

Portrait of the Artist as a Sphinx, 2019, clay, glaze, wax encaustic, 21h x 58w x 16d inches, courtesy of the artist

About The Artist

Learn about Adrian Arleo and hear her thoughts on the impact and relevance of Philip Guston. Featuring a video interview with Arleo.

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280° View of Portrait of the Artist As Sphinx

Get a detailed look at the ceramic sculpture on display.

Go Deeper

On October 25, Arleo sat down with fellow ceramicist Richard Notkin for a conversation moderated by MAM Senior Curator Brandon Reintjes.

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Trade Canoe: The Surrounded , 2018/2019, acrylic on canvas, 72h x 168w inches (three panels), courtesy of the artist

About The Artist

Learn about Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and hear her thoughts on the impact and relevance of Philip Guston. Featuring a video interview with Quick-To-See Smith.

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Zoomable View of Trade Canoe: The Surrounded

Get a detailed look at the painting as displayed at the Missoula Art Museum.

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"It’s like tapping into something without being conscious of it."

Arleo is a ceramic sculptor whose practice has been dedicated to storytelling through human and animal imagery. She coil-builds her forms and embellishes her surfaces with intricate decoration and texture. She studied art and anthropology at Pitzer College and received her MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. She moved to Montana in 1993. She is the recipient of the prestigious Virginia A. Groot Foundation and Montana Arts Council Individual Fellowship.

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"They may creep in to my work, and sometimes they very boldly become the entire piece, but that’s because I figure I’ve got to get back at them somehow."

Buck is a printmaker and sculptor best known for his large-scale kinetic wooden sculptures, bronze sculptures, and woodblock prints that respond to social and political issues. He graduated from Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA in 1968. In 1971, he began studying at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, and then began working as a teaching assistant the University of California-Davis, where he received an MFA in 1972. Buck taught at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design in Cheltenham, England, and was a sculpture instructor at Humboldt State University for two years. He served as assistant professor of sculpture at Montana State University from 1976 to 1990. He is represented by the Robischon Gallery in Denver.

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"Conceptually and thematically, I’d say that looking back fifty years, and even stuff I did in high school, there’s a central thread, there’s a theme that runs through all of my work and it’s always been protest."

Notkin is one of the foremost ceramists dedicated to socially engaged art. His work is a vehicle for political commentary, and he is influenced by the trompe l’oeil imagery found in Yixing teapots. He enrolled in the Kansas City Art Institute in 1964 and studied ceramics with Kenneth Ferguson. After graduating in 1970, he went to University of California, Davis, where he became Robert Arneson’s teaching assistant, and received his MFA in 1973. He began visiting the Archie Bray Foundation in the early 1980s and lived in Helena from 1994 to 2014. Notkin’s work is included in over 50 museum collections, and he is recipient of numerous awards, including artist fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is represented by the Sherry Leedy Contemporary in Kansas City, Mo.

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"Guston is ever-present in my oeuvre."

Quick-to-See Smith is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Métis and Shoshone descent who is a self-described cultural arts worker. Her work comments on politics, American Indian identity, histories of oppression, and environmental issues. She is the recipient of the 2018 Montana Governor’s Arts Award. She has an associate degree in art from Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington, and studied at the University of Washington in Seattle. She completed a bachelor’s degree in art education in 1976 from Framingham State College in Massachusetts before moving to Albuquerque, N.M., where she graduated with an MFA in art from the University of New Mexico. She is represented by the Garth Greenan Gallery in New York City.

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"I want to hit people over the head with a hammer, I guess, rather than seducing them. Or maybe that is a way of seduction: to have that boldness, to have that electricity."

Schmidt attended the Kansas City Art Institute and earned a BFA in 1974, and then went on to complete an MFA two years later at the University of California-Davis. In 2007 he retired from a 26-year career as a professor of art at Montana State University. His large-scale paintings and sculptures comment on economic injustice, environmental destruction, and political dysfunction. He is member of several artist collectives, including Paintaillica, The Living Breathing Thing, Free Art School, and the Rat Trap Clay Club.

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In Praise of Folly

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At The Missoula Art Museum January 25 - May 18, 2019

MAM is grateful to Art Bridges for making this ground-breaking exhibition and programming possible.

"In Praise of Folly: Five Artists After Philip Guston" is a travelling exhibition. Organizations interested in hosting should inquire here.

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