Willem de Kooning

Tracing the Figure

Willem de Kooning

Untitled, 1947
Oil, pastel, and charcoal on paper
Private collection, courtesy C&M Arts, New York

June 27 - September 08, 2002

Willem de Kooning: Tracing the Figure presents images of women produced by de Kooning between 1938 and 1955. The sixty-plus assembled works on paper demonstrate de Kooning's persistent preoccupation with the female form and the important role that form plays in his oeuvre. Organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the exhibition sheds new light on the development of the work of the renowned abstract expressionist as he struggled to eliminate conventional barriers between drawing and painting, as well as to synthesize the divergent traditions of abstraction and figuration.

Willem de Kooning: Tracing the Figure has been organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The national tour has been sponsored by Wells Fargo. Generous support has also been provided by The Sydney Irmas Exhibition Endowment; Maria Hummer and Bob Tuttle; the National Endowment for the Arts; Genevieve and Ivan Reitman; Audrey M. Irmas; Beatrice and Philip Gersh; The Mnuchin Foundation; Betye Monell Burton. Additional support for the exhibition catalogue has been provided by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.

The San Francisco presentation is generously supported by an anonymous donor.