de Kooning: A Retrospective
September 18, 2011 - January 9, 2012
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
This is the first major museum exhibition devoted to the full scope of the career of Willem de Kooning, widely considered to be among the most important and prolific artists of the 20th century.
The Woman V painting by Willem de Kooning is being loaned by the National Gallery of Australia to MoMA for their Exhibition of his works.
Woman V is one of a series of six paintings made by de Kooning between 1950 and 1953 that depict a three-quarter-length female figure.
When the six paintings on the theme of woman were exhibited together for the first time at the Sidney Janis Gallery in March 1953 they caused consternation among many artists and critics who felt that de Kooning had betrayed the ideals of abstraction. But de Kooning's use of the image of woman was more than just a rejection of the radical prohibition on depictions of the figure; it linked and contrasted his work with an established tradition.
Text © MoMa, 2011 & National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010