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Willem de Kooning: Works, Writings, Interviews (Ediciones Poligrafa) [Hardcover]

By Sally Yard, Willem De Kooning, Harold Rosenberg (Contributor) & James Valliere (Contributor)
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Willem de Kooning arrived in the United States in 1926 as a 22-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 from each phase of de Kooning's career, and describes the personal and art historical background behind his work and its critical reception. Sally Yard, author of Willem de Kooning: The First Twenty-Six Years in New York, 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, his series of women rendered in aggressive, lashing gestures stunned contemporaries, not only for their vehemence but for their supposed reversal in direction from "pure" abstraction to figuration. Of course, the alternation, struggle and intertwining between these two tendencies remained essential to de Kooning's work over six decades (as he once commented, "I was reading Kierkegaard and I came across the phrase 'To be pure is to will one thing.' It made me sick.") Featuring some of de Kooning's most remarkable writings, interviews with Harold Rosenberg and James T. Valliere, lavish illustrations and Yard's accessible scholarly discussion, Willem de Kooning: Works, Writings, Interviews is invaluable for anyone seeking to understand the work and impact of this twentieth-century master.

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Pages   158
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 8.75" Height: 11.25"
Weight:   2.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2007
Publisher   Poligrafa
ISBN  8434311380  
ISBN13  9788434311381  

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More About Sally Yard, Willem De Kooning, Harold Rosenberg & James Valliere

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > United States
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Schools, Periods & Styles > Abstract Expressionism
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Painting > General
4Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Artists, A-Z > ( D-F ) > De Kooning, Willem
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a great overview about the life and work of a great artist  Jun 27, 2008
this book is a very good "compendio" about the complex "figura" of De Kooning. There are many of his first and anusual works, often ignored by other pubblications.
It is a great contribution to the understanding of the panorama of the art scene of New York in the 50's

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