Willem de Kooning 1904-1997: Content as a Glimpse

Willem de Kooning 1904-1997: Content as a Glimpse

by Barbara Hess



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Willem de Kooning 1904-1997: Content as a Glimpse by Barbara Hess

The leader of the abstract expressionists

"If you pick up some paint with your brush and make somebody’s nose with it, this is rather ridiculous... It’s really absurd to make an image, like a human image, with paint, today." —Willem de Kooning

Dutch-born American painter Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) was a leader of the abstract expressionist movement. Inspired by Arshile Gorky to abandon the realist style that had dominated his work in the 1930s, he began experimenting with abstraction in the 1940s and quickly gained critical success. His monumental Woman series of the 1950s—characterized by wild color and aggressive overtones— was received with both controversy and acclaim. He continued to paint until the late 1980s, leaving behind a vast and impressive body of work.

About the Series:

Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:

  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783822821350
Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
Publication date: 08/29/2004
Series: Basic Art Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 7.26(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Barbara Hess (b. 1964) is an art historian, critic and translator, resident in Cologne. Her numerous articles on contemporary art have featured in Camera Austria, Flash Art, Kunst-Bulletin and Texte zur Kunst. She co-curated the touring exhibition Ready to Shoot: Fernsehgalerie Gerry Schum/videogalerie schum at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Her TASCHEN titles include a monograph on Willem de Kooning.

Table of Contents

Willem de Kooning: An Erasure6
From Rotterdam to New York10
De Kooning's Women: Scandal and Success30
De Kooning in East Hampton: Almost a Pastorale50
Launching into the Third Dimension: Sculptures62
Between Remembering and Forgetting: Late Paintings, the 1970s and 1980s72

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