De Kooning: A Retrospective

Pirate (Untitled II) (1981; oil on canvas, 883/4x76½) by Willem de Kooning (American, born in the Netherlands, 1904–1997). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection Fund, 1982 © 2011 The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

“De Kooning: A Retrospective” is an exhibition taking place through January 9, 2012, at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City.

Why see it: MoMA presents an opportunity for visitors to study Willem de Kooning’s artistic development over nearly seven decades, beginning with his early academic works and ending with his final, spare abstract paintings of the late 1980s.

What you’ll see: Bringing together more than 200 works from public and private collections, this exhibition represents nearly every type of work de Kooning made. This retrospective includes paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints. Also included is de Kooning’s famous yet largely unseen theatrical backdrop, the 17-foot-square Labryinth.

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Click here to find a variety of books on de Kooning’s work, including de Kooning: A Retrospective (published in conjunction with this exhibition).

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