Willem de Kooning  (American/Dutch, 1904-1997) 

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Willem de Kooning Biography
1904   Born: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1916   Attended Rotterdam Academy of Fine Arts & Letters, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Apprentice to the commercial artists Jan and Jaap Gidding, Rotterdam
1920 - 1923   Art director of a Rotterdam department store
1926   Immigrated to the United States
1934   Joined the Artist's Union
1935   Joined mural division, W.P.A. Federal Art Project
1948   Instructor at Black Mountain College, Beria, North Carolina
1950 - 1951   Instructor at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
1951   Recipient, Medal and Purchase Prize, Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1959 - 1960   Instructor at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
1962   Became a United States Citizen
1964   Recipient, President's Freedom Award Medal
1968   Recipient, Talens Prize International, Amsterdam, The Netheralnds
1975   Recipient, Gold Medal, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1978   Recipient, Artist of the Year Award, Fairfield Arts Festival, CT
1979   Recipient, Mellon Prize (with Eduardo Chillida), Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
1982   Elected member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
1984   Recipient, Max Beckman Prize, Frankfurt, Germany
1984   Recipient, Kaiser Ring Award, Goslar, Germany
1985   Awarded National Medal of Arts by U.S. President Ronald Reagan, Washington, DC
1986   Awarded Mayor's Liberty Medal, New York, NY
1989   Awarded the Praemium Imperiale prize for painting
1993   Recipient, CAA Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement
1997   Died: East Hampton, Long Island, NY
Selected Exhibitions
2010   Modern Times: responding to chaos - Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK
Modern in America: Works on Paper, 1900–1950s - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2009   MOCA´s First Thirty Years - MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Originalgrafiken, Zeichnungen und Skulpturen - Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany
American Abstractions Part 2: Paintings 1950's - Present - Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NY
The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection: Selected Works - The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The Figure and Dr Freud - Haunch of Venison - New York, New York, NY
Bilderträume. Die Sammlung Ulla und Heiner Pietzsch - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
2008   De Kooning, Mitchell, Richter: Paintings from the 1980s, Tina Kim Gallery, New York, NY
New Acquisitions: The Moderns, Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
Willem de Kooning, Lucio Fontana, Eva Hesse, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976, The Jewish Miseum, New York, NY
Willem de Kooning: Works on Paper, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
2007   Willem de Kooning: The Last Beginning, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
2006   Willem de Kooning: Paintings 1975-1978, L&M Arts, New York, NY
Willem de Kooning, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
American Masters, Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
2005 - 2006   de Kooning: Paintings 1960-1980, Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland
2002   Willem de Kooning: Tracing the Figure, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA
Willem de Kooning: Tracing the Figure, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA
2001   Willem de Kooning and John Chamberlain: Influence and Transformation, Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY
Willem de Kooning: 1987 Paintings, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
1997   Willem de Kooning: The Late Paintings, The 1980s, The Walker Art Center, San Francisco, CA
1996   Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
1995   Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich, Switzerland
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1994   National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1993   C&M Arts, New York, NY
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
1990   Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY
1987   Margo Leavin Gallery, London, England
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL
1986   Fabian Carlsson Gallery, London, England
1985   Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy
1984   Willem de Kooning - Zeichnungen, Gemälde, Skulpturen, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Germany
1983   Willem de Kooning: The North Atlantic Light, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Holland
1982   C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Xavier Fourcade Inc., New York
1981   Janie C. Lee Gallery, Houston, TX
Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York
1980   Richard Hines Gallery, Seattle, WA
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL
Galerie Hans Strelow, Dusseldorf, Germany
1979   St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MD
Pittsburgh International Series, Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
1978   Willem de Kooning in East Hampton, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
De Kooning 1969-1978, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
1976 - 1977   Willem de Kooning: Painting and Sculpture, organized by the Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC (exhibition opened in Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
Paris-New York, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, France
1976   Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Gimpel Fils, London, England
1974   University of Alabama, University (toured the United States)
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (toured the United States and Canada)
1972   Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
1971   M. Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
1969   Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (retrospective)
1968   Peintures Récentes, M. Knoedler et Cie, Paris, France
Stedelijk Museum, Asmterdam (retrospective; travelled to the Tate Gallery, London)
1967   M. Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
1965   Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Masschussetts (retrospective; travelled to the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge)
1964   'Woman' Drawings by Willem de Kooning, James Goodman Gallery, Buffalo, New York, NY
1962   Barnett Newman and Willem de Kooning, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY
1961   Paul Kantor Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
1958   The New American Painting, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
1955   Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY
1953   Retrospective, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
1948   De Kooning, Egan Gallery, New York, NY
Annual Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY
1944   Abstract and Surrealist Art in America, Mortimer Brandt Gallery New York, NY
1942   American and French Painting, McMillen Inc. New York, NY
1936   New Horizons in American Art, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY