16 September 2005 - 21 January 2006
Paintings 1960 - 1980
The exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel focuses on paintings created by Willem de Kooning between 1960 and 1980. De Kooning is considered to be one of the leading exponents of American Abstract Expressionism and is celebrated in the US as a key figure in twentieth-century painting. In Europe, however, the significance of the artist, who was born in Rotterdam in 1904 and died in New York in 1997, has yet to be fully appreciated. This is particularly true of his work of the sixties and seventies, when he increasingly began to distance himself from the big city life of New York, and, from 1963 onward, lived and worked on Long Island all year round.