Willem de Kooning arrived in the United States in 1926 as a twenty-two-year-old stowaway from Holland, soon to become a leading figure in the emergence of abstract expressionist painting in New York. This volume presents over 100 illustrations of every phase of de Kooning's artistic evolution, and explains the personal and art historical background behind his groundbreaking work and its critical reception.
Author Sally Yard details the progress of de Kooning's career, from his brief stint as a WPA painter, to his first one-person exhibition of abstract work in 1948, Five years later, an exhibition of women painted in aggressive, lashing gestures stunned contemporaries, not only for the vehemence of the artist's attack, but also for the reversal of direction from abstraction to figuration. The alternation and intertwining of these two genres remained fundamental to de Kooning's work over six decades.
Lavish illustrations and Sally Yard's accessible scholarly discussion make this book invaluable for anyone seeking to understand the work and impact of this twentieth-century master.
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Sally Yard has taught art history at Mount Holyoke and Amhert Colleges, the University of California, San Diego, and the University of San Diego, where she is associate professor and chair of the department of fine arts. Her books include Willem de Kooning: The First Twenty-Sex Years in New York and Francis Bacon, coauthored with Hugh Davies.
While some critics see an artistic decline in de Kooning's output from the 1970s onward, Waldman, deputy director of the Guggenheim Museum, champions his "great and innovative late body of work." Countering charges that his flamboyant "Woman" series is sexist because it portrays females as objects of male manipulation, the author retorts, "This is how women were perceived in the 1950s." She finds de Kooning's goddess-whore icons "as resplendent as any Venus that has come down to us through the ages." Combining stuffy solemnity and critical overkill, this study is nevertheless useful for its analyses of individual paintings. Its 112 reproductions (half in color) include urban landscapes, portraits fusing the real and the imaginary, black-and-white abstractions, knotty sculpture. Also here are the simple paintings of the '80s, an emptying out of all but essential shape, line and color.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descripción Rizzoli, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0847818845
Descripción Rizzoli, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110847818845
Descripción Rizzoli. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0847818845 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.1383432