De Kooning: Postscript

Willem de Kooning, Untitled XI, 1975, Oil on canvas, 6' 5" x 7' 4", collection o
Willem de Kooning, Untitled XI, 1975, Oil on canvas, 6' 5" x 7' 4", collection of The Art Institute of Chicago

D Richmond wraps up a series of blog posts on the recent de Kooning Retrospective at MoMA with a personal post, summing up what de Kooning's body of work means to today's painters. 

Richmond writes: "De Kooning's brush floats around the figures space and presence, implying the figures presence through the manipulation of paint effects much like I try to with words to describe this thing, this thing that makes me have little choice but to wrestle with it in the studio or here on the digital page. I think this is the kind of feeling that only artists feel, a love and fascination of this thing that drives us to great lengths and sometimes profound depression or economic failure in an attempt to consume this thing or be part of it. It is to outsiders a strange and peculiar condition or profession."