Artist Willem de Kooning's legacy is currently on display in a milestone exhibition of his works rendered over seven decades. de Kooning, a Retrospective, is open at the Museum of Modern Art from September 18, 2011 through January 9, 2012.
Dutch-born de Kooning emigrated to America in 1926 the way he felt he had to, via stowing away on a merchant ship. Inhabiting the kind of artist's flats in Manhattan that are part and parcel of the great romantic 20th Century American art story, the young de Kooning labored over his canvases. The results are now part of the art history canon, and yet for me personally, WdK's art challenges me to struggle. How can I leave well enough alone when there is more to say?
"Ambiguity prevails in an art and in an age where nothing is certain but self-consciousness." Willem DeKooning.
Shaping de Kooning's Legacy
New Yorker, Fresh Paint.
Smithsonian Magazine - Willem de Kooning Still Dazzles.