Willem De Kooning

1904 - 1997 · United States

Artist biography

Willem De Kooning was a visual artist, who was born and brought up in the United States. Born in 1904, Willem De Kooning passed away in 1997. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Arshile Gorky.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Multiple galleries around the world represent and exhibit Willem De Kooning's work, including galleries in countries such as Belgium, the United Kingdom, and France. Galleries include Skarstedt Gallery | London and Lévy Gorvy | London in the United Kingdom, as well as Galerie Xavier Hufkens in Belgium. Willem De Kooning's work has most recently been exhibited at Tornabuoni Art London in the United Kingdom (24 April 2019 until 12 July 2019) with the exhibition The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Willem De Kooning's work has also been exhibited at other exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; New Images of Man (31 January 2020 - 13 March 2020) at Blum & Poe | Los Angeles in the United States and Post-War and Contemporary Highlights (01 January 2020 - 24 January 2020) at Mnuchin Gallery in the United States. Willem De Kooning's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Grand Salon The Visionary Eye Of Allan Stone and took place at Allan Stone Projects in New York, the United States from the 13 September 2018 to 10 November 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war era, when the cultural prominence of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly considered as the most important art centre internationally. Major art movements established and cultivated in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary era, the United States has exercised a strong influence over the worldwide visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political systems. Key examples of critically acclaimed U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Willem De Kooning

Born in 1904, Willem De Kooning's creative work was largely inspired by the 1920s. The key innovations established in the early years of the 20th century were developed further in the 1920s and 1930s. This period established the careers of many pioneering and inspiring practitioners in the pictorial arts. However it was a time of reflection following the horrors of the First World War, and significant shifts in politics took place across the world. The philosophy of Marxism was widespread among artist communities and groups. Established in 1919, the Bauhaus became an essential place for the development of ideas concerning the unification of art, craft and design – an idea which became known as the Gesamtkunstwerk.

Willem De Kooning

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