Satisfaction in collecting art is to share its enjoyment with others.
Art is an extension of man’s spirit and to view it with a really open mind is a spiritual experience beyond compare.
—John G. Powers
Gagosian is pleased to announce an exhibition of Willem de Kooning drawings and paintings in honor of John G. Powers. John and Kimiko Powers are well known in international art circles for their insightful, highly personal and astonishingly comprehensive collection of contemporary art. For the Powers, collecting was an extension of the friendships they formed with all of the artists in their collection. The thirty-two works by Willem de Kooning in their collection are a brilliant portrayal of this principle. Most of the works were acquired in the mid-1960s, a period when the Powers would often visit de Kooning in his newly finished studio in the Springs on Long Island. Throughout a two to three year period, they formed a close friendship with the artist; many of the works in this collection were acquired directly from the artist’s studio and many bear personal inscriptions from the artist to the couple.
Nearly all of the thirty-two works in this exhibition are highly expressionist portraits of women, de Kooning’s most celebrated subject matter. The exhibition includes a 1951 study for a portrait of Marilyn Monroe which is composed of several sheets of paper; an oil portrait from 1965 of Two Women as well as the study for it, a gift the artist made to the Powers when they bought the painting. Also included is a 1966 painting entitled The Artist in his Studio, a brilliant mass of brushstrokes portraying de Kooning and his women. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Robert Rosenblum, and an interview with Kimiko Powers.
There is Woman in the Landscapes: Willem de Kooning from 1959 to 1963
Lauren Mahony considers a critical four-year period in the painter’s career, examining the technical changes that occurred between his “abstract parkway landscapes” of the late 1950s and the “pastoral landscapes” that succeeded them, as well as the impact on his work of his impending move to Springs, New York.
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror
Wyatt Allgeier discusses the 1984 Arion Press edition of John Ashbery’s Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, featuring prints by Richard Avedon, Alex Katz, Elaine and Willem de Kooning, and more.
Claude Picasso and John Richardson
Picasso biographer Sir John Richardson sits down with Claude Picasso to discuss Claude’s photography, his enjoyment of vintage car racing, and the future of scholarship related to his father, Pablo Picasso.
Jenny Saville on Willem de Kooning
In 2013, the exhibition Willem de Kooning: Ten Paintings, 1983–1985 explored the legendary artist’s late work. For the catalogue accompanying the presentation, Jenny Saville spoke on the gestures and elemental elegance of these paintings.
Willem de Kooning
Ten Paintings, 1983–1985
November 8–December 21, 2013
980 Madison Avenue, New York