New York

Willem De Kooning

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York

The image of Willem De Kooning that emerges from the critical writing of the last 15 years is that of a modern master who in his late 60s and 70s has earned the right to give free rein to every impulse and who has retained the sureness of eye and hand to do so triumphantly. There is general agreement that the impulses unleashed are lyrical, indeed bucolic; this recent style is often attributed to his move from New York City to eastern Long Island. As Diane Waldman wrote: “Exuberant, free and innovatory, [de Kooning’s paintings] are a great late flowering.” This is the summary remark of her introduction to the catalogue of “Willem de Kooning in East Hampton,” a show at the Guggenheim consisting of some hundred works dating from 1962 to 1977.

Mark Stevens of Newsweek likened the exhibition to “a visit to a marvelously rank tropical garden. It bursts with color, life and juice.” In a similar

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