Art: Slap and Twist

"Like Western civilization, like humanity itself, De Kooning is constantly declared by critics to be in a state of decline." So spoke Critic Harold Rosenberg some years ago. There is no doubt that since the middle 1960s, Willem de Kooning has suffered in reputation. As one of the father figures of Abstract Expressionism, he has offended critics who believe in the iron laws of stylistic turnover by outliving his "period." Moreover, it is five years since De Kooning, now 68, produced a show; whatever the celebrated Dutch expatriate (who moved to the U.S....

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