Willem de Kooning, ‘de KOONING IN EAST HAMPTON (Signed)’, 1978, Alpha 137 Gallery
Willem de Kooning, ‘de KOONING IN EAST HAMPTON (Signed)’, 1978, Alpha 137 Gallery
Willem de Kooning, ‘de KOONING IN EAST HAMPTON (Signed)’, 1978, Alpha 137 Gallery

Rarely does one find a poster, hand signed by Willem de Kooning in his inimitable hand, with such superb and irrefutable provenance. This work was acquired from the Estate of Dr. Alan York of East Hampton, de Kooning's longtime optometrist and close personal friend, who died in 2014. In a tribute to Dr. York, the East Hampton star writes, "He counted among his patients the artist Willem de Kooning, with whom he spent hours discussing the old masters while watching him paint. Understanding how de Kooning painted helped him make glasses suitable for both his close-up and faraway work..."

This offset lithograph poster was published on occasion of de Kooning's exhibition in East Hampton, New York, sponsored by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. (publisher)

We are world experts in art ephemera and prints, but our clients know that we do not offer signed posters, like this one, unless the authenticity and provenance - like this - are impeccable and irrefutable. Buyer will be furnished with a receipt documenting the special provenance of this work.

Extremely rare, especially at this reasonable price point.

Signature: Signed prominently in pencil on the front

Publisher: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Acquired from a sale of works from the estate of Dr. Alan York of Easthampton, a longtime close personal friend and optometrist of de Kooning.

About Willem de Kooning

A first-generation Abstract Expressionist, Willem de Kooning is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. In 1950s New York, when painters like Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline were moving away from representational imagery toward pure abstraction, de Kooning maintained a commitment to the figurative tradition, developing a signature style that fused vivid color and aggressive paint handling with deconstructed images of the female form—a then-controversial body of works that has become known as his “Women” paintings. “Flesh was the reason oil paint was invented,” he famously said. Influenced by Arshile Gorky and Pablo Picasso, de Kooning was often thought to have blended Cubism, Expressionism, and Surrealism in his signature style, paving the way for generations of gestural figurative painters like Cecily Brown. Following his “Women” series, de Kooning pursued non-objective lyrical abstraction until his death in 1997.

Dutch, American, 1904-1997, Rotterdam, Netherlands, based in New York and East Hampton, New York