Philip Guston (1913 - 1980)

The friendship of Varujan Boghosian and Philip Guston began in 1970 when they first met at the American Academy in Rome and continued until Guston’s death in 1980. Their friendship was well documented by the archive of letters and constructions acquired by the Morgan Library in 2012 containing thirteen letters written by Guston to Varujan. Many of the letters were illustrated with the familiar Guston motifs and address issues of his own impending mortality with the same satire that is so readily apparent in his late oeuvre. The Morgan Library previously featured a retrospective of Guston’s drawings in 2008.


A gift from Guston to Varujan Boghosian was this drawing that was part of a body of work signifying Guston’s transformation that shocked the art world when first exhibited at Marlborough Gallery in 1970.