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de Kooning: A Retrospective

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'Predictably awe-inspiring in its scale, crème-de-la-crème editing and processional sweep, it's MoMA in excelsis, and for many people it will probably represent this institution's history-writing at its best.' - The New York Times

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Published in conjunction with the posthumous retrospective of Willem de Kooning's career at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2011, this book offers an unparalleled opportunity to appreciate the development of the artist's work as it unfolds over nearly seven decades.

The volume presents approximately 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and print, beginning with his early academic works and concluding with his final abstract paintings of the late 1980s. 

An introductory essay by John Elderfield provides an in-depth exploration of de Kooning's development, context and sources, theory of art, and working methods. Sections devoted to particular areas of the artist's career provide an illustrated chronology of the period and a brief introduction, as well as detailed entries on groups of works. With lavish, full-colour documentation, this landmark publication is the most complete account of de Kooning's artistic career to date.

The book was awarded Best in the Art History & Criticism category by the American Association of Publishers (AAP) in the 2011 PROSE Awards for Scholarly Excellence and is an excellent resource for students, researchers and fans of de Kooning's work.

  • Author: John Elderfield, Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA
  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Date published: March 2012
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0870707971
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.1 x 4.4 cm

'de Kooning: A Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, is the most piercing, inexhaustible, and relentlessly intense full-on career survey I have ever seen in this country. It could only be better by being bigger' - New York Magazine

'The Museum of Modern Art's generous, even prodigal De Kooning retrospective is the most ambitious show New York has seen in a long time - a lavish, knotty and definitive tribute to a tricky and alloyed genius' - The FT

'de Kooning: A Retrospective" is a superlative exhibition. (Its catalogue is equally fantastic.)' - ARTINFO

'Predictably awe-inspiring in its scale, crème-de-la-crème editing and processional sweep, it's MoMA in excelsis, and for many people it will probably represent this institution's history-writing at its best.' - The New York Times