previews

  • Willem de Kooning

    Kunsthal Rotterdam
    Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341
    April 17–July 3

    Kunstforum

    January 13–May 28

    Curated by Ingried Brugger and Florian Steininger

    De Kooning would have turned one hundred last year, but it has been twenty years since his work was seen in depth in Europe. Though comprising only fifty-two works, this show surveys de Kooning's entire career, including its final, still-controversial decade. The exhibition's innovation is the inclusion of nine contemporary painters—among them Brice Marden and David Reed—whose work resonates with that of the Dutch Master. There are risks involved. In the '50s, the most dangerous place to be for a young artist with a subtle wrist was anywhere near de Kooning. Meanwhile, one wonders what effect these self-conscious studio practitioners will have on our view of a man who claimed never to “sit in style.”

    Travels to the Kunsthal Rotterdam, Apr. 17–July 3.