Art: Willem the Walloper

Willem de Kooning is the sort of painter who gives most people a pain: superficially his pictures look like scribbles any kid could do. They are not really like that at all; the difference between De Kooning's work and mere doodling is enough to make him one of America's liveliest advance-guard artists. Despite his reputation and the fact he is all of 47, De Kooning has had only two one-man shows; the second opened in a Manhattan gallery last week. "I haven't felt ready for exhibitions," he explains, "and I'm not particularly happy about...

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