Willem de Kooning. <i>Montauk I</i>. 1969. Oil on canvas, 88 x 77" (223.5 x 195.6 cm). Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund. © 2011 The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

De Kooning Now

Friday, November 11, 2011, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

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De Kooning Now is a daylong series of talks and discussions in which artists, critics, and scholars explore Willem de Kooning’s work, examining its processes, themes, and influences; its place in Abstract Expressionism; and its significance for the art of our time. Participants include artists Cecily Brown, Tom Ferrara, William Tucker, Josh Smith, and Terry Winters; art historians William Agee, Lynne Cooke, John Elderfield, Pepe Karmel, David Rosand, Richard Shiff, Katy Siegel, and Ann Temkin; artist, writer, and independent curator Phong Bui; art critic Peter Schjeldahl; and MoMA Chief Conservator Jim Coddington.

Program Schedule
Introduction, John Elderfield

de Kooning & the New York School
William Agee: “de Kooning in the 1930s: Local Sources”
Pepe Karmel: "Abstraction as Abstraction: Willem de Kooning, 1948–1951"
Richard Shiff: “de Kooning without Interpretation”
Katy Siegel: “Something and Nothing”
Ann Temkin, moderator


de Kooning & the Process of Painting
David Rosand: “Flesh and the Invention of Oil Painting”
Jim Coddington: "Processing Process"
Lynne Cooke: “Afterword: Re-thinking De Kooning’s Late Work”
Tom Ferrara: “Works in Progress”
Peter Schjeldahl, moderator


Artists’ Panel
Cecily Brown
Terry Winters
William Tucker
Josh Smith
Phong Bui, moderator

In conjunction with the exhibition de Kooning: A Retrospective

Tickets are available online, at the information desk in the main lobby, and at the film desk after 4:00 p.m. Tickets may be picked up at the film desk on the day of the program.