The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, October 21, 2017


Skarstedt opens an exhibition of Willem de Kooning's late paintings
Installation view. © The Willem de Kooning Foundation Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2017.


LONDON.- Skarstedt is presenting an exhibition of Willem de Kooning’s late paintings at the London gallery in October 2017. The exhibition includes exceptional paintings created in the 1980s, during the last decade of de Kooning’s 60 year career. This is the first opportunity to see this body of work in the UK since the solo exhibition at the Tate Gallery in 1995, which included paintings from 1938 to 1986.

Characterised by their luminosity and the fluidity of their arcing lines, the bright and often translucent colours of the works from the 1980s mark a radical departure from the dense painterliness of earlier periods. Demonstrating de Kooning’s capacity for renewal, this final chapter in his long artistic career was one of his most productive and as the works themselves reveal, one of his most accomplished. As Peter Schjeldahl noted:

Unlike other recent de Koonings, these don’t appear caught in the act of tearing themselves apart… Aging has touched his art with, if anything, even greater audacity and more resonant defiance, giving new edges to a mastery of painting’s resources that remains a wonder of the world.’ 1

Pared down to essentials, the smooth surfaces of the paintings are layered with a range of prismatic colours with toned white and pastel areas. Moving from ribbons and arabesques to a spirited bold use of lines and forms that carry clarity and strength, de Kooning’s palette shifts in tandem through the decade. In many 1980s paintings, distinct abstract shapes are suggestive of an elusive figuration and landscape, with elements reminiscent of earlier decades. As a starting point and way to generate ideas, de Kooning began with charcoal drawing on these canvases as he had done throughout his career. De Kooning moved in and out of drawing and painting, making for his calligraphic and ever changing canvases.

Firmly believing that “I have to change to stay the same”, de Kooning’s redirection at the age of 75 challenged the conventions of painting anew and reinvigorated his work. Reflecting the influence of Matisse’s cut-outs and the harmonious rhythm of The Dance, the paintings of the 1980s are youthful and vibrant. Capturing the essence of de Kooning’s lifetime of experimentation, these paintings bear testament to his enduring mastery and his continued inspiration on generations of painters who followed.

The first major exhibition of the late paintings was organised by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1995 and travelled to international museums including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Stadtisches Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. An exhibition of the 1980s paintings was held at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg in 2006 and travelled to the Carlo Bilotti Museum, Rome. More recently Gagosian Gallery, New York staged a dedicated exhibition of ten paintings from 1983 - 1985 in 2013.


1 P. Schjeldahl, ‘Delights by de Kooning’ in The Village Voice, April 13, 1982.






Today's News

October 11, 2017

Last privately-owned painting by Leonardo Da Vinci to go on sale for $100 million

Exceptional exhibition devoted to the unrivaled collection of the Museum of Modern Art opens in Paris

Fossil finds reveal plot twist in Australian whale tale

Skarstedt opens an exhibition of Willem de Kooning's late paintings

Ancient pools near Jerusalem set for renovation

Artcurial to auction off a large selection of original works by comic book artists

Property from the Blitz Collection headlines Sotheby's Prints & Multiples New York auction

Frieze London 2017: 15th edition sees strong sales, ambitious presentations, and robust institutional support

Jewels worn by Vivien Leigh in 'Gone with the Wind' and other films for sale with Julien's Auctions

Exhibition at Ordovas combines Pop Art masterpieces with Gufram’s iconic Cactus

Exhibition explores the multifaceted meanings of hunting and fishing in both painting and sculpture

°CLAIR Gallery opens exhibition of photographs by David "CHIM" Seymour

The Astrup Fearnley Museet opens a solo exhibition by the Norwegian artist Matias Faldbakken

University of the Arts announces Irvin Borowsky International Prize in Glass Arts winner

Solo exhibition of art works by Oksana Mas opens at Museo MA*GA

Germany's greatest design icons are celebrated in major exhibition in Doha

DeCordova presents a colorful look at the intersections of television, psychedelia, and visual art

Rebecca Ackroyd produces installation that responds to the architecture of Zabludowicz Collection

TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art opens exhibition of works by Grupa Budapeszt

Lark Mason Associates achieves stunning results for Chinese snuff bottles and small treasures

Dale Chihuly sculptural glass installation to grace the foyer of the Lowe Art Museum

Anita Rogers Gallery opens an exhibition of drawings by four artists

Smithsonian documents television history with Telemundo objects, photos and oral histories

Nicolas Grenier's first solo exhibition at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran opens in Montreal

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- $37.7 million bowl sets Chinese ceramic auction record at Sotheby's Hong Kong

2.- Major new show at Picasso Museum focuses on pivotal year in Picasso's life and work

3.- 63 Dutch Masters return home to Holland for an exhibition at the Hermitage Amsterdam

4.- Exhibition reveals new insights into Renoir's celebrated "Luncheon of the Boating Party"

5.- Nazi-looted Pissarro painting at centre of legal tussle

6.- The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art presents 'Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt's Etchings'

7.- Pristine Hermès Himalayan Gris Cendre Birkin bag sells for $112,500 at Heritage Auctions

8.- Tom Petty, heartland rocker with dark streak, dead at 66

9.- Exhibition presenting the art of Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dalí opens in London

10.- Private collectors using online appraisal platform to get multiple estimates from top auction houses



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful