Gagosian's centennial celebration of Willem de Kooning begins with his hard-nosed breakthroughs into abstraction and ends by unveiling mysterious glories from his studio in the Springs. De Kooning's Black paintings stripped the form to essentials: black and white paint poured and brushed with the immediacy of charcoal sketches. He worked wet into wet, using the differing viscosities of cheap oils and enamels to contour light amid dark expanses of space. Unknown and poor, but unyieldingly determined,... More >>>