“I grew up in England and
came to the United States first of all in 1970, in part because of de Kooning.”
curator and art historian John Elderfield has a career-long relationship with Willem de
; from the catalogue of the artist’s
paintings that encouraged him to move to the U.S., to a handful of meetings
with the man, to his recent exhibitions exploring the abstract expressionist
master’s ingenuity. On the occasion of his latest show, Gagosian Gallery’s
current exhibition, “Willem de Kooning: Ten Paintings, 1983-1985
”, Elderfield gave us a tour of the
show and insights behind the exquisite, underrepresented works in the
exhibition. Watch as Elderfield shares his reverence for de Kooning and these
“extraordinarily youthful” paintings from his late period.
“Willem de Kooning: Ten Paintings, 1983-1985” is on view at Gagosian
Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, through Dec. 21st.