Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Willem de Kooning Retrospective at MOMA

The Museum of Modern Art recently opened a retrospective exhibition that will last through Jan. 9th on the life and works of Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), an infamous modern artist who swept his frantic paint strokes across canvases throughout the 20th century.

The exhibition takes up the entire 6th floor of the Museum of Modern Art filling seven galleries with seven decades of work. “Most usefully the show lets de Kooning be complicated: it presents his art as a bifurcated yet unitary phenomenon,” wrote Holland Cotter, New York Times art critic.

More than 200 works including paintings, drawings and sculptures span de Kooning’s lengthy career. The show begins with a still-life painting that de Kooning finished at age 12 when he was still living in his hometown of Rotterdam in the Netherlands and continues well into the late 20th century.

The exhibition, among many others, includes several landmark paintings such as “Pink Angels,” “Excavation” and the “Woman” series.

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