Willem de Kooning A Dutch American Abstract Expressionist Painter
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Willem de Kooning (April 24, 1904 — March 19, 1997) was a Dutch American abstract expressionist artist who was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
In the post-World War II era, de Kooning painted in a style that came to be referred to as Abstract expressionism or Action painting, and was part of a group of artists that came to be known as the New York School. Other painters in this group included Jackson Pollock, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky, Mark Rothko, Hans Hofmann, Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Motherwell, Philip Guston, and Clyfford Still.
In September 2011 de Kooning’s work was honored with a large-scale retrospective exhibition: de Kooning: A Retrospective September 18, 2011 — January 9, 2012 at MoMA in New York City. Organized by John Elderfield it was the first major museum exhibition devoted to the full breadth and depth of de Kooning’s career, containing nearly 200 works.
An artist is someone who makes art … he didn’t invent it. – Willem de Kooning
The artist fills space with an attitude. The attitude never comes from himself alone. – Willem de Kooning
Whatever an artist’s personal feelings are, as soon as an artist fills a certain area on the canvas or circumscribes it, he becomes historical. He acts from or upon other artists. – Willem de Kooning
People worship the painting of an artist and don’t know anything about the man. I never get conceited about my work because the paintings are not me. And no matter how hard an artist tries, it can never be good enough. – Willem de Kooning
I make pictures and someone comes in and calls it art. – Willem de Kooning
Art never seems to make me peaceful or pure. I always seem to be wrapped up in the melodrama of vulgarity. – Willem de Kooning