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

Oil on canvas, 80 x 70 in. (202.9 x 177.5 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Accession Number: 66.1224

The artist, New York, from 1962
Harold Diamond, New York, from 1962-20 May 1963
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 20 May 1963-17 May 1966
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Exhibition History:
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Guggenheim International Award 1964," 16 January-29 March 1964, no. 77, ill. p. 61. TOUR: HONOLULU ACADEMY OF ARTS, 14 May-5 July 1964; AKADEMIE DER KUNSTE, Berlin, 21 August-15 September 1964; NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA, Ottawa, 5 October-9 November 1964; JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART, Sarasota, FL, 16 January-14 March 1965; MUSEO NACIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES, Buenos Aires, 20 April-20 May 1965.
STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam. "Willem de Kooning," 19 September-17 November 1968, cat. no. 74, ill., unpaginated. MUSEUM OF MODERN ART INTERNATIONAL CIRCULATING EXHIBITION TOUR: TATE GALLERY, London, 8 December 1968-26 January 1969; THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York, 3 March-27 April 1969, cat. no. 84, ill. p. 120; THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 16 May-6 July 1969; LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, 28 July-14 September 1969.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, pl. 794 p. 533, p. 682, dated 1963.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Willem de Kooning in East Hampton," 9 February-23 April 1978, cat. no. 2, ill. p. 31.
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York. "Willem de Kooning: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture," 15 December 1983-26 February 1984, cat. no. 215, ill. p. 201. TOUR: AKADEMIE DER KUNSTE, Berlin, 11 March-29 April 1984; MUSEE NATIONAL D'ART MODERNE, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 28 June-24 September 1984, p. 116, ill.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Willem de Kooning: from the Hirshhorn Museum Collection," 21 October 1993-9 January 1994, cat. no. 20, p. 86; p. 202, 217. TOUR: FUNDACIO "LA CAIXA," CENTRE CULTURAL, Barcelona, 17 February-3 April 1994; HIGH MUSEUM OF ART, Atlanta, 13 September-27 November 1994; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, 10 December 1994-19 February 1995; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Houston, 19 March-28 May 1995.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Tokyo, Japan. "Founders and Heirs of the New York School," 25 January-16 March 1997, cat. no. 27, p. 79. TOUR: MIYAGI MUSEUM OF ART, Sendai, Japan, 5 April-25 May 1997; MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, Ibaraki, Japan, 28 June-3 August 1997.

Published References:
CANADAY, JOHN. "'Olympics' for Painters," The New York Times Magazine (January 12, 1964), ill. p. 54
UNSIGNED. "The Guggenheim International Award, No. 4," Art International 7 (January 16, 1964), ill. p. 88,.
DENBY, EDWIN. "My Friend de Kooning," Art News Annual 29 (1969), ill. p. 84, 85
ROSENBERG, HAROLD. "Suiluppi dell'arte di de Kooning," L'arte Moderna (Milan, 1967), pp. 13, 117, ill. p. 239
WOLFRAM, EDDIE. "De Kooning's Un-American Activities," Art and Artists, 3/10 (January 1969): p. 30.
DRUDI, GABRIELLA. Willem de Kooning (Milan: Fratelli Fabbri, 1972), p. 22, colorplate 117.
ROSENBERG, HAROLD. Willem de Kooning (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), ill. plate 145
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), p. 682, ill. p. 533
GARSON, INEZ. Willem de Kooning at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Scala, 1974): fig. 10.
ASHTON, DORE. American Art Since 1945 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1982), fig. 56, pp. 103, 217
SOLLERS, PHILIPPE. De Kooning, Vite (Paris: Editions de la Difference, 1987), no. 50, ill.
GIBSON, ERIC. "De Kooning exhibit offers unexpected insights," Metropolitan Times (8 November 1993): p. C17.
CATEFORIS, DAVID. "Willem de Kooning," Art Journal 53/4 (Winter 1994): p. 86-89.
UNSIGNED. "Willem de Kooning: Centre Cultural de La Fundacio 'La Caixa,'" Belart 2 (1994): p. 25.
YARD, SALLY. Willem de Kooning (New York: Rizzoli, 1997): no. 64, p. 80.
SCHILLING, MICHAEL et al. "Modern Science and Contemporary Paintings: Preserving an Evolving Legacy," The Getty Conservation Institute Newsletter 17 (3 November 2002): p. 5.

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