A Way of Living: The Art of Willem de Kooning
The bestselling and critically acclaimed monograph on one of the most influential painters of the twentieth century
Willem de Kooning was a leading exponent of Abstract Expressionism. MoMA’s 2011 de Kooning retrospective drew record crowds, and his prodigious achievements continue to provoke and inspire subsequent generations of artists such as Cecily Brown, Rebecca Warren, and Jonathan Lasker.
This is the most wide-ranging and comprehensive monograph available on this artist. Sumptuously illustrated and produced, the book encompasses his major works and periods, including his controversial ‘Woman’ paintings, as well as a wealth of accompanying sketches and preparatory drawings.
An illustrated chronology maps de Kooning’s life, career, and work, with photographs from the artist’s archive interspersed throughout the book, enriching the reader’s understanding of the wider art-historical context of his paintings. Judith Zilczer’s critically acclaimed monograph is an essential addition to the libraries of a new audience of readers and de Kooning enthusiasts, offering an unprecedented and compelling examination of his body of work.
Size: 302 × 330 mm (11 7/8 × 13 in)
Pages: 288 pp
Illustrations: 300 illustrations
Judith Zilczer, Curator Emerita of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, organized more than two dozen exhibitions in her twenty-nine years at the museum, where she served as Historian, Curator of Paintings, and Acting Chief Curator. Her exhibition publications include Willem de Kooning from the Hirshhorn Museum Collection (1993), Richard Lindner: Paintings and Watercolors, 1948–1977 (1996), and Visual Music: Synaesthesia in Art and Music Since 1900 (2005). A 1975 graduate of the doctoral program of the University of Delaware, she has received numerous awards, including the 2006 George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award of the Art Libraries Society of North America. Dr Zilczer has written and lectured widely on modern and contemporary art and is recognized as the leading authority on the art of Willem de Kooning.