A Way of Living: The Art of Willem de Kooning (Hardcover)

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A Way of Living: The Art of Willem de Kooning is the most wide‐ranging and comprehensive monograph on this towering figure of Abstract Impressionism.

Author Judith Zilczer, Curator Emerita of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC and a leading authority on the artist, offers readers an unprecedented look at de Kooning’s body of work based on years of tireless research. Rich in documentary photographs, sketches, and preparatory drawings, this beautifully illustrated book showcases more than 200 paintings, drawings, and sculptures in an outstanding large‐format package.

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About the Author


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Judith Zilczer, Curator Emerita of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, organized more than two dozen exhibitions in her twenty–nine years at the museum, where she served as Historian, Curator of Paintings, and Acting Chief Curator. Her exhibition publications include Willem de Kooning from the Hirshhorn Museum Collection (1993). She has written and lectured widely on modern and contemporary art, and is recognized as a leading authority on the art of Willem de Kooning.

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"A Way of Living: The Art of Willem de Kooning is a thorough recounting filled with lavish reproductions." – The New York Times Book Review

"Books on artists tend to focus primarily either on their work or on their lives. Rarely does a publication come along that engages fully with both. Judith Zilczer’s beautifully written book makes clear the way in which de Kooning’s life cannot be separated from his work – his life and his art profoundly illuminate one another. If you truly want to appreciate the innovative accomplishments of de Kooning, this book is essential." – Kerry Brougher, Interim Director and Chief Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

"[Zilczer’s] achievement in A Way of Living is to connect, aesthetically and biographically, every phase of his protean production, united by what she sees as a romantic imperative: de Kooning’s mantra that ’painting – any kind of painting, any style of painting – to be painting at all, in fact – is a way of living, a style of living’ . . .Her empathetic, generous account, which wears its learning lightly but demonstrates incisive thought, becomes first port of call for an overview of this most alluring, influential, still controversial artist." – Financial Times (UK)

"The traditional monograph seems an endangered species these days; one that gets everything right is rare enough to qualify as an art publishing event. A Way of Life: The Art of Willem de Kooning is an evenhanded, authoritative, and critically informed account of the great painter’s achievement." – Bookforum

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780714845814
ISBN-10: 0714845817
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Publication Date: May 14th, 2014
Language: English
Series: 20th Century Living Masters