Montauk Highway

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Montauk Highway

Holland, 1958
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:
Broad Contemporary Art Museum, floor 3

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Montauk Highway demonstrates Willem de Kooning’s signature tension between representation and abstraction....
Montauk Highway demonstrates Willem de Kooning’s signature tension between representation and abstraction. The flat planes of color evoke the open fields and slices of sky in the countryside on the outskirts of New York City, as well as the sensation of speeding through this rural landscape on the highway—even the flash of headlights in the dark.

De Kooning began to spend more time in eastern Long Island in the late 1950s, before permanently moving there in 1961 with his wife, artist Elaine de Kooning. Others who were either permanent residents or summer visitors in this artists’ colony included Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, James Brooks and Charlotte Park, Robert Motherwell, and Grace Hartigan.

Wall label, 2021.


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