Art: Big Splash

Since the death three years ago of Jackson Pollock, young abstractionists in search of a style have acclaimed as their leader New York City's Dutch-born Willem de Kooning, 55. A slim man with steel-grey hair, De Kooning does not welcome the title, shuts himself up in his Greenwich Village studio for weeks at a time, refusing to see visitors or acknowledge telegrams. When Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art this winter offered him a one-man exhibition, he turned it down. He was not ready, he said. In the past three years he has allowed only...

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