Philip Guston’s Untitled: charting the decline of Tricky Dicky

By Skye Sherwin

Created shortly after Richard Nixon was pardoned over Watergate, this sketch shows his leg swollen by phlebitis – and the guilt he drags around

Faced with the 60s and 70s' political turmoil in the US, Philip Guston ditched abstract expressionism for a cartoonish style that mined the darkness of his day. Going to the studio to “adjust a red to a blue”, as he put it, no longer cut it.

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