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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; Slp edition (5 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714845817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714845814
  • Product Dimensions: 32.1 x 4.1 x 34.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""A Way of Living: The Art of Willem de Kooning" is a thorough recounting filled with lavish reproductions." - The New York Times Book Review"Books on artists tend to focus primarily either on their work or on their lives. Rarely does a publication come along that engages fully with both. Judith Zilczer's beautifully written book makes clear the way in which de Kooning's life cannot be separated from his work - his life and his art profoundly illuminate one another. If you truly want to appreciate the innovative accomplishments of de Kooning, this book is essential." - Kerry Brougher, Interim Director and Chief Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden"[Zilczer's] achievement in "A Way of Living" is to connect, aesthetically and biographically, every phase of his protean production, united by what she sees as a romantic imperative: de Kooning's mantra that 'painting - any kind of painting, any style of painting - to be painting at all, in fact - is a way of living, a style of living' . . .Her empathetic, generous account, which wears its learning lightly but demonstrates incisive thought, becomes first port of call for an overview of this most alluring, influential, still controversial artist." - "Financial Times" (UK)"The traditional monograph seems an endangered species these days; one that gets everything right is rare enough to qualify as an art publishing event. "A Way of Life: The Art of Willem de Kooning" is an evenhanded, authoritative, and critically informed account of the great painter's achievement." - "Bookforum"

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Judith Zilczer, Curator Emerita of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, organized more than two dozen exhibitions in her twenty-nine years at the museum, where she served as Historian, Curator of Paintings, and Acting Chief Curator. Her exhibition publications include Willem de Kooning from the Hirshhorn Museum Collection (1993). She has written and lectured widely on modern and contemporary art, and is recognized as a leading authority on the art of Willem de Kooning.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H.P. Kruithof on 1 July 2014
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Very well written life story directly related to his work which shows his development as an artist extremely well. Illustrations are beautiful because the size of the book is really big. Not a bedside read.
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By Derek Jones on 14 Nov. 2014
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Stunning book - wonderful illustrations - the book is large - a bit heavy to read in bed!!
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By andrew gower on 28 Dec. 2014
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By Ian Blackwell on 4 Mar. 2015
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The reproductions of the paintings is the best in a book I have seen 28 Jun. 2014
By RCalame - Published on Amazon.com
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Outstanding book. The reproductions of the paintings are the best in any book on de Kooning I have seen. Well written and insightful, a welcome addition to the many books on de Kooning already available.
it's an excellent read. 18 Feb. 2015
By Anne Barbara Zarcone - Published on Amazon.com
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color plates..are astounding .. it's an excellent read.. don't pass it by..
Five Stars 2 Mar. 2015
By Graça Paz - Published on Amazon.com
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It's an amazing book, in all senses. Very very inspiring! One MUST HAVE
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By Dr. Mark V. Mellinger - Published on Amazon.com
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What a splendid volume!
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Nice! 2 Sept. 2014
By JT Painter - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful and well-written book, good color reproductions.
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