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Annotated Bibliography on Willem de Kooning

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Annotated Bibliography on Willem de Kooning Source 1: Magazine article Burlington Magazine (U.K) Vol. 142, no. 1167, June 2000, pp. 398-9 Article: 'Willem de Kooning' Author: Richard Shiff This magazine article from the Burlington Magazine is an article about the artist, his history as an artist and opinions and facts about his paintings, there are three illustrations of his paintings in colour; one of them is large and the other two small. The paintings are all de Kooning's later paintings. The language used in this article seems more informed and intelligent than the other two magazine articles in my bibliography. It gives a lot of interesting topics within his life and his artistic techniques, such as when it says that he worked as a freelance commercial illustrator before he 'became the measure of everyone else's style'. The article ends with a conclusion which speaks of his work and career as a whole. It is longer than the other magazine articles. I found this piece very useful and interesting in finding out about the artist and a little of his background. It also gave me useful insight into techniques and the theory behind his art. ...read more.


I think the illustration is trying to give an impression of the comparison between the two artists. The article is short and quite informed; it does not really give much valuable information or criticism on Willem de Kooning as such but does describe the atmosphere and the viewer's feelings about the exhibition in well structured and descriptive language. I did not find this article that useful in finding out about the artist but found some of the imagery and descriptions of the art movement and the show intriguing. There is no information on the author in this article either. Source 4: Book Willem de Kooning: The late paintings, The 1980s Produced by: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Minneapolis: Walker Art Centre, 1995 This book is an account of Willem de Kooning's late career. It includes many illustrations of his paintings; most of them are in colour and are large good quality illustrations. There are also illustrations of the details of some of the paintings. The book is 144 pages long. There is a director's foreword which tells the reader the details of the book; it talks about how it came about, who was involved in the project and why it was written. ...read more.


The book is written from the point of view of a friend to the artist rather than a fellow artist or art critic; therefore it is not heavily laden with particularly intellectual artistic insight and detail, but is rather an account of his view of the artist as well as a personal account of his life. I found this source very interesting and I discovered many things about the life, background and psychology of Willem de Kooning. However it did not give me many new pieces of information on his artwork. Source 6: Internet article Willem de Kooning www.brain-juice.com Author: unknown This article is from an internet site which gives information on lots of 20th century art, film, history, literature and music. It is roughly 1, 600 words in length and is a general summary of his life along with a brief summary on the theory of his later works. The emphasis is on events in his life and the article gives a few names of paintings with links to other sites related to them. The author of the piece is not mentioned and there are no illustrations of his work, only one small black and white photo of his face in the top left hand corner. ...read more.

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