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Works from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s collection in storage. Artwork, clockwise from top left: Jean Dubuffet, Martin Barré, and Wifredo Lam © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; Willem de Kooning © 2020 The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; David Hammons © David Hammons; Paul Wonner © Estate of Paul Wonner and William Theophilius Brown, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California; Cecilia Vicuña © Cecilia Vicuña; Maria Helena Vieira da Silva © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: David M. Heald

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Artistic License
Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection

May 24, 2019–January 12, 2020
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
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This exhibition celebrates the institution’s extensive twentieth-century holdings through the eyes of six contemporary artists, all of whom have contributed to shaping the museum’s history with their own pivotal solo shows: Cai Guo-Qiang, Paul Chan, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Richard Prince, and Carrie Mae Weems. Through collection highlights and rarely seen works from the turn of the century to 1980, this presentation includes nearly three hundred paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and installations selected by the six artists that engage with the cultural discourse of their time. Work by Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, and Lawrence Weiner is included.

Works from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s collection in storage. Artwork, clockwise from top left: Jean Dubuffet, Martin Barré, and Wifredo Lam © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; Willem de Kooning © 2020 The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; David Hammons © David Hammons; Paul Wonner © Estate of Paul Wonner and William Theophilius Brown, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California; Cecilia Vicuña © Cecilia Vicuña; Maria Helena Vieira da Silva © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: David M. Heald

Willem de Kooning, Woman and Bicycle, 1952–53, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York © The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Human Interest
Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection

April 2, 2016–April 2, 2017
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
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Human Interest offers new perspectives on one of art’s oldest genres. Drawn entirely from the museum’s holdings, the more than two hundred works in the exhibition show changing approaches to portraiture from the early 1900s until today. Bringing iconic works together with lesser-known examples and recent acquisitions in a range of mediums, the exhibition unfolds in eleven thematic sections. Work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Willem de Kooning, Roe Ethridge, Duane Hanson, Mike KelleySally MannMan RayBruce NaumanRichard PrinceEd RuschaCindy ShermanRudolf StingelAndy Warhol, and Jonas Wood is included.

Willem de Kooning, Woman and Bicycle, 1952–53, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York © The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Willem de Kooning, Man on the Dunes, 1971 © The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Willem de Kooning
Drawn and Painted

November 19, 2016–March 19, 2017
Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey
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This installation comprises paintings of the late 1960s through the ’70s by Willem de Kooning, on loan from the Willem de Kooning Foundation in New York. The works on view reveal the intimate relationship between the drawn and the painted in de Kooning’s practice. Some clearly were composed with the aid of line drawing. Others combine relatively thin charcoal lines and broad areas of paint, and still others are drawn from chains or clusters of cursive brushstrokes of varying widths.

Willem de Kooning, Man on the Dunes, 1971 © The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Willem de Kooning, Suburb in Havana, 1958 © The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

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Willem de Kooning
A Retrospective

September 18, 2011–January 9, 2012
Museum of Modern Art, New York
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This is the first major museum exhibition devoted to the full scope of the career of Willem de Kooning, widely considered to be among the most important and prolific artists of the twentieth century. The exhibition, with nearly two hundred works, presents viewers with an unparalleled opportunity to study the artist’s development over nearly seven decades, beginning with his early academic works, made in Holland before he moved to the United States in 1926, and concluding with his final, sparely abstract paintings of the late 1980s.

Willem de Kooning, Suburb in Havana, 1958 © The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Willem de Kooning, Untitled XI, 1975, Art Institute of Chicago © The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Willem de Kooning
Paintings, 1960–1980

September 17, 2005–January 22, 2006
Kunstmuseum Basel
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Willem de Kooning is considered to be one of the leading exponents of American Abstract Expressionism and is celebrated in the US as a key figure in twentieth-century painting. In Europe, however, the artist’s significance has yet to be fully appreciated. This is particularly true of his work of the 1960s and ’70s, when he abandoned New York City for bucolic Long Island, where he lived and worked year-round from 1963 onward. The paintings of that time bear the stamp of his elemental response to the landscape, evident in the gestural vibrancy of the figuration and in the richness of hue. A concise selection of large-format paintings spotlights this groundbreaking period in de Kooning’s oeuvre.

Willem de Kooning, Untitled XI, 1975, Art Institute of Chicago © The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York