William Corbett s memoir of Philip Guston focuses on their friendship over the last eight years of Guston s life and on the paintings and drawings Guston made during those years Guston s figurative work, crude and bold images beautifully painted, turned the art world on its ear when they were first shown in 1970 Corbett explores themes of change, growth, doubt, freedom and risk as Guston s work and life exemplified them This is not a book of art criticism art jargon is avoided It is a book that looks hard at Guston s late paintings and celebrates their humor, violence, mystery, and sustaining force.