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Locks Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Willem de Kooning, an intimate survey of the artist’s work, including vibrant canvases and drawings in charcoal and ink. This marks the first solo exhibition of de Kooning at the gallery and is accompanied by a catalogue by art historian Judith Stein.
Through twelve distinct works, spanning from the 1940s through the 1970s, Willem de Kooning highlights the artist’s strength in seamlessly traversing, and blending, abstraction and figuration. Throughout his career, de Kooning developed these seemingly incongruous styles, playing “a highly original and influencial game of tag in his work,” according to Stein. Utilizing immense brushstrokes and fluid coloration, de Kooning expanded on his surroundings, leaning strongly towards the abstract with massive streaks of rich color and natural tones, as seen in East Hampton VII (1975) and Duck Pond (1958).
An early work, the graceful Three Women (1943), showcases de Kooning’s finer touch and is more academically grounded than his later paintings. With delicate lines and ethereal details, Three Women presents his subjects as classical muses in a posed scene surrounding a Grecian pitcher and wearing floor-length dresses. These gossamer figures (including one bearing a striking resemblance to his wife, Elaine) will introduce to some a rare aspect of de Kooning’s development as an artist, especially in light of his indomitable “Woman” paintings that followed.
This exhibition is available for viewing online or in-person with reservation. To find out more, check out the Locks Gallery website.