Installation view, Willem de Kooning, The Figure: Movement and Gesture, April 29 – July 29, 2011


Willem de Kooning: The Figure: Movement and Gesture

Reviewed by Roberta Smith

The New York Times

June 16, 2011

Willem De Kooning made many unforgettable statements about his own work, and one of them is splayed across the opening wall of this riveting show: 'The figure is nothing unless you twist it around like a strange miracle.'

"Those words do what all great art-writing should do: help us to see, that is, to genuinely grasp and enjoy the complexity of vision involved in both making and looking at art. Specifically, they provide the perfect setup for the twists and strange miracles at hand, resplendent in a selection of 32 paintings, drawings and sculptures ranging from the late 1960s through the ’70s."

To read the full review, written by Roberta Smith, please visit (opens in a new window) The New York Times.

Willem de Kooning, The Figure: Movement and Gesture is on view at 32 East 57th Street until July 29.

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