This volume explores the analogous careers of two celebrated masters of postwar abstract painting: Willem de Kooning and Zao Wou-Ki. Published in conjunction with Lévy Gorvy's inaugural exhibition, which presented a comparative selection of the artists' monumental abstract landscapes, this comprehensive catalogue illustrates the resonances between the artists' chromatic and compositional approaches to the medium. With texts in English, Chinese, and French, Willem de Kooning | Zao Wou-Ki traces the East-West dialogue that proliferated among the avant-garde in the immediate aftermath of World War II and charts the major developments in non-figurative abstraction among Chinese, European, and American modernist circles. With rich archival materials—including never-before-published photographs—and newly commissioned essays, Willem de Kooning | Zao Wou-Ki instantiates an innovative transnational reading of postwar painting.
Publisher: Lévy Gorvy
Texts: Dominique de Villepin, Cole Swensen, Robert E. Harrist, Jr., Diane Ward, and Melissa Walt
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 10 x 13 1/2 inches (25.4 x 34.2 cm)