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Willem de Kooning
Willem de Kooning

Born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands,  in 1904, Willem de Kooning emigrated to New York in 1926 and went on to become one of the best-known exponents of Abstract Expressionism. De Koonings’ painted works feature biomorphic shapes and dynamic brushwork, and his famous Woman series of paintings featuring female figures has found its place in the art historical canon. His continual reworking of the overlapping forms leads to a compositional ambiguity, making it hard to distinguish foreground from background and pushing the subject itself further into abstraction.

De Kooning continued to paint well into his eighties. His later works are pared-down compared to the early paintings, though the use of biomorphic lines shows the continuity that runs throughout his oeuvre. His work has been the subject of numerous large-scale exhibitions, notably at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in 2006, and can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout the world, including the Hirshorn Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. De Kooning died in 1997 in Long Island.

Publications

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2013
Willem de Kooning. Ten Paintings, 1983 – 1985

Gagosian Gallery, New York. NY, USA

2011-12
de Kooning. A Retrospective

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

2011
Willem de Kooning. The Figure: Movement and Gesture

Pace Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2010-11
Willem De Kooning. Figure & Light

L&M Arts, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2008
Willem de Kooning. Works on Paper

Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium

2007
Willem de Kooning. The Last Beginning

Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2007
Willem de Kooning: 1981-1986

L&M Arts, New York, NY, USA

2006
Willem de Kooning. Paintings 1975 – 1978

L&M Arts, New York, NY; USA

2005
Willem de Kooning

Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien, Vienna, Austria

2005
Willem de Kooning. Paintings and Drawings

Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2005-06
de Kooning. Painting 1960-1980

Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland

2004
Willem de Kooning. A Centennial Exhibition

Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2004
Willem de Kooning. Garden in Delft. Landscapes 1928-1988

Mitchell, Innes & Nash, New York, NY, USA

Group exhibitions
2012
Circus Wols

Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Germany

2012
Mythology and the Origins of Abstraction

Pace Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2012
American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, De Kooning, And Their Circle, 1927-1942

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, USA

2011-12
Painterly Abstraction, 1949-1969: Selections from the Guggenheim Collection

Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, Bilbao, Spain

2011
Arp, Beckmann, Munch, Kirchner, Warhol … Klassiker in Bonn. Klassiker in Bonn. Die unbekannte Sammlung aus Bielefeld

Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany

2011
The Private Collection of Robert Rauschenberg

Gagosian Gallery , New York, NY, USA

2010
The Esprit of Gestures Hans Hartung, Informel and Its Impact

Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, Germany

2010
On Paper II

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2010
The Modern Myth: Drawing Mythologies in Modern Times

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

2010
Modern in America: Works on Paper, 1900–1950s

The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA

2010
Modern Times: Responding to chaos

Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK

2009
Paint Made Flesh

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, USA

2009
Modern Masters

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA, USA

2009
Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper

The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA

2009
The Sweeney Decade: Acquisitions at the 1959 Inaugural

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA

2009
20 Ans Galerie Karsten Greve Paris

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2008-09
Peggy Guggenheim and the New American Painting

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

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