Willem de Kooning: Paintings
May 8 – September 5, 1994
East Building, Upper Level and Mezzanine
This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.
Overview: 76 paintings spanned de Kooning's career from the 1930s to the mid-1980s. The exhibition was brought together from the National Gallery and other public and private collections in the United States and Europe. It was presented in honor of the artist's 90th birthday. Willem de Kooning: Painter, a 10-minute video program on the artist's life and work, was shown continuously in the East Building small auditorium. The video presentation was made possible by J.P. Morgan and Co., Inc.
Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art in association with the Tate Gallery, London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Works were selected by Marla Prather, associate curator of 20th-century art; David Sylvester, London-based art historian and critic; and Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Gallery.
Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible by J.P. Morgan and Co., Inc. An indemnity was granted by the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The show enjoyed the support of the Willem de Kooning Conservancy in New York, which made available the artist's archives and holdings of his work.
Catalog: Willem de Kooning: Paintings, by David Sylvester, Richard Schiff, and Marla Prather. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1994.
Brochure: Willem de Kooning: Paintings. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1994.
Other Venues: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, October 11, 1994–January 8, 1995
Tate Gallery, London, February 16–May 7, 1995