Washington, DC

Willem De Looper

American University Museum

Intended by the museum to honor one of the university’s own, this exhibition provides an in-depth look at the career of painter Willem De Looper, who came to Washington, DC, from the Netherlands in 1950. He enrolled in American University in 1953 and has remained in the area ever since. This exhibition, a retrospective of sorts, includes thirty-six acrylic paintings made by the artist between 1965 and 1998.

De Looper is often considered a second-generation member of the Washington Color School. Like its better-known adherents Kenneth Noland and Morris Louis, De Looper created compositions of flowing color by staining and pouring paint onto untreated canvases, an approach that stood in marked contrast to the intense, aggressive brushwork typical of much New York gesture painting. Untitled XI, 1965, for example, is a tulip-like abstraction composed of thinned, translucent paint layered in a

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