Montauk Highway

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Montauk Highway

Holland, 1958
Paintings
Oil and combined media on heavy paper mounted to canvas
59 x 48 in. (149.9 x 121.9 cm)
Gift from the Michael and Dorothy Blankfort Collection in honor of the museum's twenty-fifth anniversary (M.90.13)
Currently on public view:
Ahmanson Building, floor 2 MAP IT
Ahmanson Building, floor 2

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Curator Notes

Willem de Kooning, who immigrated to New York City from Rotterdam in 1926, perpetually blurred the boundaries between abstract and representational modes....
Willem de Kooning, who immigrated to New York City from Rotterdam in 1926, perpetually blurred the boundaries between abstract and representational modes. From 1957 to 1961, de Kooning spent more time in Long Island, away from Manhattan. During this period, he painted a number of suburban parkway landscapes. De Kooning relished the transformation of the terrain from urban to open highway—expanses of concrete, broad fields, and sky—and rendered the experience here in rapid, broad strokes.
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Bibliography

  • Blankfort, Michael; Edgerton, Anne Carnegie and MauriceTuchman.  The Michael and Dorothy Blankfort Collection.  Los Angeles:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1982.
  • Powell III, Earl A., Robert Winter, and Stephanie Barron. The Robert O. Anderson Building. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1986.
  • Blankfort, Michael; Edgerton, Anne Carnegie and MauriceTuchman.  The Michael and Dorothy Blankfort Collection.  Los Angeles:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1982.
  • Powell III, Earl A., Robert Winter, and Stephanie Barron. The Robert O. Anderson Building. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1986.
  • Butler, Cornelia . . . [et al.]. Willem de Kooning: Tracing the Figure. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art; Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002
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