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De kooning has, in my eyes, the best certification of authenticity any painter can get. I loved his work long before I even knew what the word abstract means.

 

 

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Willem De Kooning - The abstract

An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will."

De kooning has, in my eyes, the best certification of authenticity any painter can get. I loved his work long before I even knew what the word abstract means. I don’t even want to talk about the word "expressionism". I was just seven or eight at the time. a wee lad.
I paint the way I do because I can keep on putting more and more things in – like drama, pain, anger, love, a figure, a horse, my ideas of space. It doesn't matter if it differs from mine, as long as it comes from the painting, which has its own integrity and intensity."
 

My mother, who was a prolific painter for half a century, used to leave me in the babysitting services of our library and art book collection. I spent many wonderful hours with those musky smelling multilayered interesting friends. Everyone was there, every name on every great artist list. Some bigger in hard cover, some almost magazine format. Everyone.

 
Whatever an artist's personal feelings are, as soon as an artist fills a certain area on the canvas or circumscribes it, he becomes historical. He acts from or upon other artists."
 
De kooning's books were always the last ones I would get to. First of all the classics, then all the weird, then the abstracts. I had no idea what I was looking at, or why was it in a fancy book, while my paintings, which had exactly the same style and brushwork, rarely even got to the fridge door.
 
I might work on a painting for a month, but it has too look like I painted it in a minute.”
 
I have to admit that even today, I can relate to only a small portion of de kooning's work. But that small portion?There is something there. Something that has no name, has no meaning, has no origins or a goal. It was paint , it was canvas, it was raw emotions, it was de kooning.
 


The artist fills space with an attitude. The attitude never comes from himself alone."
It was an eight year old sitting crossed legged on the carpet with a big heavy book of art, stuck on one page for five ten fifteen minutes , watching the tridimensional volume the painting takes on itself by small maneuvers of color, small manipulations of shades of white which create mini steps and ladders of brush stroked chaos.

Dekooning was an important painter, no doubt about it. But it was his humble nature that made him great, his willing to accept and not demanding to be accepted. Listening to him talk about other artists, you hear a solidarity that is rarely seen in the dwellers of pantheons of any field, especially an ego-ridden one like art.
 
I thought Mondrian was phenomenal. he made paintings that were wholly new, that didn’t exist.”
 
The twin painter de kooning was associated with is Jackson Pollock, another giant of the abstract expressionism wave of magical mayhem, and one of the biggest egos not only in art but in any form of creation there is, and the two had a strange relationship, one of the few relationships Pollock had, that was actually among equals. In interviews, de kooning was often asked about this relationship, and this is my favorite quote about Pollock :
 
A couple of times he told me: ‘You know more, but I feel more.’ I was jealous of him -- his talent.”
 
If de kooning wasn’t feeling enough, he sure did know how to hide it. Or maybe it was just the equation that was distorted. When Jackson Pollock is telling you he feels more, you shouldn’t argue. Not many people in history could come even close to Pollock's intensity. But de kooning has a couple of pieces which are all feeling, to a level even Jackson Pollock would have approved.
 
Art never seems to make me peaceful or pure. I always seem to be wrapped in the melodrama of vulgarity."
 
It took me many years to understand the concept of abstract painting, the real meaning behind it, the philosophy, the decisions, the vocabulary. It is not easy to understand abstract in general and De Kooning in particular, but it is very easy to feel him.
 
What you do when you paint, you take a brush full of paint, get paint on the picture, and you have faith."
 
Interview http://youtu.be/e6kiVI_KNTY
Slideshow  http://youtu.be/eM31iY2xqOw
Slideshow http://youtu.be/9iK5bq_BrHw