The Macklowe Collection: Lisa Dennison on De Kooning's Untitled, 1961

In this video, join Sotheby's Lisa Dennison in an exploration of Willem de Kooning's Untitled, to be offered as a highlight of The Macklowe Collection May 2022. Broadcasting a churning vista of sumptuous, unadulterated abstraction, Untitled is a remarkable early masterwork from Willem de Kooning’s celebrated artistic oeuvre. Across the expansive surface of the canvas, luscious swathes of rich pigment generate fluid suggestions of organized forms, the component parts of which find harmony through the lyrical choreography of de Kooning’s extraordinary abstract touch. Executed in 1961—the year de Kooning began building his home and studio in Springs, Long Island in preparation for his permanent departure from New York in 1963—Untitled wholly embodies the luminous atmosphere of nature, landscape, and sea which infuses de Kooning’s greatest masterworks from this pivotal moment.

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