11.16.2011

A Rainy Wednesday . . .

What better way to spend a rainy Wednesday than at the MoMa. A friend and I went to go see the de Kooning exhibit, A Retrospective. I was pleasantly surprised to see the fine line that de Kooning traced between the literal and the abstract. Although technically an abstract painter, de Kooning always managed to incorporate some likeliness to the human form within his paintings. Particularly with his Woman series. While de Kooning's Woman paintings were interesting in a vulgar and grotesque sort of way - I found his landscape paintings more appealing. My two favorites were Excavation and Gotham News. I love how at first the paintings look like utter abstraction, but as you examine closer you'll see snippets of reality. An eyeball here, a news clipping there. Take a look and see what you can find: 

Excavation, 1950
Oil on canvas

"I'm not interested in 'abstracting' or taking things out or reducing painting to design, form, line and color. I paint this way because I can keep putting more and more things in -- drama, anger, pain, love, a figure, a horse, my ideas about space." 
~Willem de Kooning

Gotham News, 1955
Oil on canvas


On my walk back from the museum I made sure to take note of the colors, the forms, the movement, and the space around. Here is a  quick pic I snapped of the fall leaves contrasting against the glistening, wet pavement. 


7th Avenue entrance to Central Park


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