Saturday, November 1, 2014

Willem de Kooning

de Kooning, my portrait, and one of his drawings

I was slow to appreciate abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) which may be attributed largely to the almost excessive amount of accolades piled on him since the 1950s and the ridiculous artspeak with which much of it was written.  But eventually I had to admit his work was original, compelling, accomplished, and moving.  I probably like his “Woman” series as much as any of his work.  Perhaps I feel a touch of remorse for my belated acceptance, but now I think of his approach as being “all over the place” and I’m literally indecisive as to how to represent him.  A quick pencil sketch?

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