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Willem de Kooning "End of a New Beginning" at GAGOSIAN

James Kalm is back on the "low down" to bring viewers exclusive footage of this historical exhibition. Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) was born in Holland and arrived in America as a stowaway in 1926. By combining his classical European training with the non-objective abstraction developing in New York in the 1940s he established himself as a founder of "Action Painting". After a long career as one of America's most recognized painters, and due in part to severe alcoholism, in the late seventies he displayed symptoms of Alzheimer's like dementia. This show documents the radical distillation of his late style, resulting in a reduction to linear strokes in primary colors, and displays his mastery of painting though his disease had incapacitated him in most other areas of life.
Length: 10:01

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