When De Kooning Put Down His Brush
Inspired by a trip to Rome in 1969, Willem de Kooning began working with clay. While on the trip, he began making figures. Head #3 came shortly after in 1973.“In some ways, clay is even better than oil,” he once stated to Craft Horizons Magazine. “You can work and work on a painting but you can’t start over… but with clay, I cover it with a wet cloth and… the next morning if I don’t like what I did, or I changed my mind, I can break it down and start over. It is always fresh.”
Go here to check out this piece and other works in Christie’s “First Open: Summer Edition” sale of post-war and contemporary art, on auction July 17 at New York’s Rockefeller Plaza, or online using Christie’s LIVE.