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Zoom WILLEM DE KOONING | A Way of Living - Slipcased 1st edition
Zoom WILLEM DE KOONING | A Way of Living - Slipcased 1st edition
Zoom WILLEM DE KOONING | A Way of Living - Slipcased 1st edition

WILLEM DE KOONING | A Way of Living - Slipcased 1st edition


Original slipcased edition of the definitive monograph on Willem de Kooning, the key figure of Abstract Expressionism in the United States.

Sealed copy with very slight bump to corner, resulting in minimal crease. See photos. Very scarce in excellent condition.

Author Judith Zilczer explores the evolution of de Kooning's work from his academic training in his native Rotterdam and his experience in New York in the 1930s through to his development both of intensely expressionist style in evocative abstractions and disturbing figurative works from the 1940s and 1950s. She traces these courses in de Kooning's oeuvre to a number of influences, focusing particularly on his creative response to the urban and cosmopolitan environment of New York City, where he lived from 1926 to 1963 and where he formed friendships with such artists as Arshile Gorky, Franz Kline, and John Graham. Zilczer explores de Kooning's inventive combination of sources from high art and popular culture, for the first time placing his violent imagery within the tradition of caricature in Western art.
By contrast, Lynne Cooke outlines de Kooning's later work, made after he moved to rural Long island in the early 1960s, and established his art within the pastoral tradition of painting, as well as within the social context of America in the 1960s. She views his art of these years as analogous to the approaches to art taken by many of the Old Master painters, who achieved "old-age" styles late in life. A pioneering essay on the technical qualities of de Kooning's work, reporting on results of infrared examination and other conservation analyses, by Zilczer and Susan Lake reveals the extent to which de Kooning's spontaneous-looking imagery was in fact carefully crafted. The book is completed with an extensive bibliography, chronology, and catalog section, making this the most substantial publication of de Kooning's work to date. (From the back cover)


Condition : Near Fine

Phaidon Press 2014

ISBN : 9780714845814

‎ 288 pages

12.6 x 13.5 inches

WILLEM DE KOONING | A Way of Living - Slipcased 1st edition


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