de Kooning at MOMA, and more

Following my last post on outdoor activities for “autumn in New York,” I thought I’d take a moment to recommend the William De Kooning retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. I’m not an art critic, and there are plenty of good reviews of the show:

  • "Excavation," 1950 (image from

    The New Yorker: The New Yorker: Shifting Picture, A de Kooning retrospective.
    by Peter Schjeldahl

  • New York Times: Unfurling a Life of Creative Exuberance, by Holland Cotter

At the MOMA website, you can also get a great introduction to de Kooning’s work and the show, through a visual or audio “tour” on your computer.

Pink Angels, c. 1945 (image from MOMA website)

While I had seen de Kooning’s most famous paintings, including Excavation and Pink Angels, I was completely unaware of and unprepared for the enormous changes in his work over his lifetime. I was drawn to the large paintings he did at the end of his life. They are less well-known and not as highly regarded, but I found them compelling.

The exhibit is located on MOMA’s sixth floor and runs through January 9th, 2012. Check the museum website for viewing hours.

Don’t miss this! And put a note in your calendar for
Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art
opening November 13, 2011 and running through May 14, 2012.

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