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Clamdigger, (1972)

Willem de Kooning, American, b. Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1904–1997

Bronze, 59 1/2 x 29 5/8 x 23 3/4 in. (151.1 x 75.2 x 60.3 cm) on artist's base, height: 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981

Accession Number: 86.1363

Provenance:
Xavier Fourcade Gallery, New York, to 27 October 1976
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 27 October 1976-31 August 1981
(Estate of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1981-1986)
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981

Exhibition History:
GREENWICH ARTS COUNCIL, Connecticut. "Sculpture 76," to 29 October 1976.
STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam. "Willem de Kooning: Sculptures, lithographies, peintures," cat. no. sc 15, ill. p. 5. TOUR: CABINET DES ESTAMPES, MUSEE D'ART ET D'HISTOIRE, Geneva, 17 March-24 April 1977; MUSEE DE PEINTURE ET DE SCULPTURE, Grnoble, 23 June-20 September 1977.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Selections from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest," 7 August-16 November 1986, no. 32 (unpublished checklist).
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Willem de Kooning from the Hirshhorn Museum Collection," 21 October 1993-9 January 1994, no. 45, p. 141. TOUR: FUNDACIO "LA CAIXA," CENTRE CULTURAL, Barcelona, 17 February -3 April; HIGH MUSEUM OF ART, Atlanta, 13 September-27 November; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, 10 December-19 February 1995; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Houston, 19 March-28 May.
MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY, New York. "Willem de Kooning: Sculpture," 1996, ill. checklist, no. 17, p. 56.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection," 9 June 2016-6 August 2017, no cat.

Published References:
UNSIGNED. "Willem de Kooning: Hirshhorn Museum," Journal of the Print World (fall 1993).
UNSIGNED. Panorama (November 1993).
CARNEGIE, MD. "Insides Out," Washington City Paper (10 December 1993): p. 52.
ZILCZER, JUDITH. "L'artiste et le mecene: l'origine de la formation de la collection de Kooning du Hirshhorn Museum," El Guia (February 1994).
ZILCZER, JUDITH. "Willem de Kooning, pionero y lider del expresionismo abstracto," Panorama (March 1994): p. 9.
UNSIGNED. Art (April 1994): p. 28.
SPRECHER, MARY. "An abstract look at Kooning," Southern Flair (September 1994).
UNSIGNED. "De Kooning Retrospective honors Artist's Birthday," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (4 November 1994): p. 99.
UNSIGNED. "Willem de Kooning at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston," Journal of the Print World (Winter 1995).
CHADWICK, SUSAN. "Willem de Kooning: MFA show not as abstract as artist's vision," The Houston Post (23 March 1995): D1, D8.
KUTNER, JANET. "Canvassing de Kooning's lifetime of art," The Dallas Morning News (9 April 1995): 1C, 8C.
ZILCZER, JUDTIH. "Artist and patron: the formation of the Hirshhorn Museum's Willem de Kooning collection," Journal of the History of Collections 8/1 (1996): p. 117-125.
RICHARD, PAUL. "A Life's Strong Currents," Washington Post (20 March 1997): p. B1, B4.
BARNES, BART. "Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Dies," Washington Post (20 March 1997): A1.
PATERSON, JIM. "Stop and See the Sculpture," The Washington Post Weekend (15 August 1997): p. 6.
FLETCHER, VALERIE J.. A Garden for Art: Outdoor Sculpture at the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institute, 1998): p. 58.
MORRIS, CATHERINE. The Essential Willem de Kooning (Wonderland Press, 1999): p. 96.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Abstract Expressionism (First Generation), Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), Garden