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Willem de Kooning 1904-1997
Barbara Hess
3822821357
Aug 2004
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De Kooning: An American Master
Mark Stevens
1400041759
November 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
Gossipier than any tabloid, as scholarly as Vasari, luminously illustrated and illuminating as a lightning bolt, Stevens' and Swan's landmark biography is one of the most stunning art books I've seen in seven years of Book Review reviewing--a masterpiece that explains how the Dutchman de Kooning became the master painter of the American century. It's a page-turning tale: raised by a mom who beat him with wooden shoes, de Kooning escaped Rotterdam as a stowaway on a freighter and found a second family in New York's rampageous art bohemia. He subsisted on ketchup and booze, and broke through around 1950 with dazzling abstract expressionist canvases inspired by what was in the air: cubism, surrealism, jazz, and film noir. The careerist thing to do would've been to ride the Ab Ex tsunami, but de Kooning stubbornly defied purist...


Willem de Kooning
Catherine Morris
0810958112
May 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
Insightfully reconciles de Kooning's sometimes offputting and strangely evasive art with the vulnerable, genial, yet alienated Dutch immigrant intriguing visions of cataclysmic visions and pain. De Kooning's unique approach to his subjects is presented in such a way that the reader can have the sudden enlightenment, or Aha!, experience: "Now I get de Kooning's importance as a major modern figure...now I see why the 'smart' crowd ooohs and aaahs over him" Rich with background information about the New York School and the people who influenced him; plentiful anecdotes and pertinent and poignant quotes.


Willem de Kooning
Louise Hawes
0766018849
Dec 2002
Hardcover
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De Kooning: An American Master
Mark Stevens
0375711163
April 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
Gossipier than any tabloid, as scholarly as Vasari, luminously illustrated and illuminating as a lightning bolt, Stevens' and Swan's landmark biography is one of the most stunning art books I've seen in seven years of Book Review reviewing--a masterpiece that explains how the Dutchman de Kooning became the master painter of the American century. It's a page-turning tale: raised by a mom who beat him with wooden shoes, de Kooning escaped Rotterdam as a stowaway on a freighter and found a second family in New York's rampageous art bohemia. He subsisted on ketchup and booze, and broke through around 1950 with dazzling abstract expressionist canvases inspired by what was in the air: cubism, surrealism, jazz, and film noir. The careerist thing to do would've been to ride the Ab Ex tsunami, but de Kooning stubbornly defied purist...


Willem de Kooning
Edvard Lieber
0810945606
May 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
In the 1980s, composer and pianist Edvard Lieber became the friend and confidant of Willem and Elaine de Kooning. Now, drawing on the stories they shared with him, Lieber has created an intimate anecdotal portrait of Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) over the decades. From the rise of Action Painting in New York City to raucous parties in East Hampton, Long Island, this lively chronicle is packed with telling details that shed new light on Abstract Expressionism-and debunk many de Kooning myths. We get a fresh look at Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky, and other celebrated de Kooning friends. And we get a firsthand portrait of Willem near the end of his life-and see a still vital artist working with undiminished power. Illustrated throughout with Lieber's candid photographs, this book offers a unique look at an...


Willem de Kooning
Harry F. Gaugh
1558592482
July 1986
Paperback
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De Kooning's Bicycle: Artists and Writers in the Hamptons
Robert Long
0374165386
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In a series of vividly told vignettes, critic and poet Long (Blue) illustrates how the East End of Long Island indelibly etched a mark on the style and work processes of the abstract impressionists and their artistically minded friends. For artists like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and their respective wives, Lee Krasner and Elaine, the Hamptons were a creative playground in the 1950s. Long reimagines their lives there in stories told from the artists' points of view. Pollock, aka Jack the Dripper, and Krasner moved to the East End in 1945 in an attempt to curb the infamous inebriate's drinking and stimulate his talent, and Long cleverly narrates Pollock's artistic methods. When the artist "unleashed screaming ribbons of cadmium yellow, it was like a hot trumpet solo," Long writes, likening his painting...


Willem de Kooning: Tracing the Figure
Corneilia H. Butler
069109618X
March 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
At the forefront of modern art during the 1950s, painter Willem de Kooning secured his place in art history with the unveiling of his "Woman" series. Colorful, brash paintings composed of bold, violent brush strokes were seen by critics and viewers as vulgar and problematic but unfailingly important in their merging of abstract and representational forms. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles presents, in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name, Willem de Kooning: Tracing the Figure, a collection of drawings and studies that led up to the famous "Woman" paintings. Seen as completed works in their own right, these drawings bear de Kooning's distinctive draftsmanship of powerful lines, erasures, scrapings, and strong color. Blurred images of the figure coming apart at the seams, the works look as if they were...


The Artist's Hand
Amy Schichtel
0971384436
Jan 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The early development of Willem de Kooning is explored here through a focus on his early drawings, many of which have never before been published, most of which have not been on public view in decades. An accompanying text and chronology provide insight into the thoughts of de Kooning and the exhibitions and artists that might have influenced him during the 1930s-1950s. Essay by Amy Schichtel.


Willem de Kooning: Paintings 1960-1980
Willem de Kooning
3775716297
November 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Willem de Kooning is celebrated in the United States as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century and a leading Abstract Expressionist. In Europe, however, the artist has yet to be fully recognized, particularly with regards to his work of the 1960s and 1970s, when he retreated from urban life to live and work on Long Island. This segment of de Kooning's oeuvre bears the imprint of a fundamental experience of the landscape, for it was in these Long Island works that he developed a new style of figuration, characterized by a transformed sense of color and energetic gesture. This period of vigorous, pioneering creativity is illuminated for the first time in this volume, which features a concentrated selection of large-format paintings. In images and essays by Klaus Kertess, Harold Rosenberg, and others, the...


Willem de Kooning
Willem de Kooning
0974960713
Apr 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This carefully culled portfolio of 14 paintings, meticulously reproduced and documented, spans 60 years--from the time of the masterís arrival in America to the late 80s. Readers will find rare examples of de Kooningís earliest works juxtaposed with a cityscape from the 1950s, canvases from the important period of his arrival in Easthampton, and abstract landscapes of the 70s and 80s. David Anfamís essay traces de Kooningís intriguing relationship to water, invoking the work of Heraclitus, Yeats, Melville and Frost in conjuring the sense of fluidity that characterized both his urban and rural work. Anfam also puzzles over the enigma of a man who lived perpetually beside the ocean--the book opens with a photograph of him striding across the beach in Easthampton in 1968--but never learned to swim. ...


The Killing Art
Jonathan Santlofer
0060541075
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
As in Santlofer's two previous crime novels (The Death Artist and Color Blind), his latest to star Kate McKinnon, a former NYPD detective turned art historian, brings the New York art world to sharply detailed life. Kate has given up her rich clients and is now writing a book about the New York School of painters of the 1930s. After someone slashes a painting by Willem de Kooning, which was loaned to a museum by Kate's late husband, she reluctantly returns to police work. She decides to help Det. Monty Murphy, the NYPD's entire art squad, find out who's behind this and other slashings, which include a Jackson Pollock, a Franz Kline and finally the collectors who owned the spoiled pictures. Kate and Monty make a believable pair of colleagues, and Santlofer's own black-and-white artwork advances the plot. His...


Willem de Kooning: Liquefying Cubism
Allan Stone
1932608036
October 1994
Paperback
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Elaine and Bill: The Lives of Willem and Elaine de Kooning
Lee Hall
081541059X
January 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The 46-year marriage of solitary, depressive Willem de Kooning, the Dutch-born American abstract expressionist, and gregarious, ebullient painter-critic Elaine Fried was a spiral of competition marked by sexual infidelities, fights and squalid alcoholism on both sides. Hall ( Betty Parsons ) claims the union, strained by an 18-year separation, nurtured the development of their personalities and art, but there is not much evidence for that in this intimate, engaging narrative based on the author's friendship with Elaine (who died in 1989) and on interviews with the couple's friends (Willem, now 89 and afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, was incapable of being interviewed). Hall portrays Elaine as a smart operator who helped establish her husband's reputation by having strategic sexual affairs with art critics...

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