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de Kooning: A Retrospective

This website includes selected paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from the MoMA exhibition de Kooning: A Retrospective (September 18, 2011–January 9, 2012), the first exhibition devoted to the full scope of the career of Willem de Kooning (American, b. the Netherlands, 1904–1997). Among these are some of the artist’s most famous, landmark paintings—including Pink Angels (1945), Excavation (1950), and the celebrated third Woman series (1950–53)—plus examples from all of his most important series, ranging from his figurative paintings of the early 1940s to the breakthrough black-and-white compositions of 1948–49, and from the urban abstractions of the mid-1950s to the artist’s return to figurations in the 1960s, and the large gestural abstractions of the following decade.




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