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JOHN ELDERFIELD The artist who wouldn't stand still: Willem de Kooning, 1904-1997
WHEN: Thursday, April 19, 7 PM WHERE: Montclair Art Museum, Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair ADMISSION: $10 Members, $15 Nonmembers FREE for Montclair State staff and students
MAM is honored to welcome John Elderfield, Ph.D., chief curator emeritus of painting and sculpture at Museum of Modern Art. Elderfield left MoMA in 2007, but was behind the museum’s popular and critically lauded de Kooning retrospective last year and recently joined the Gagosian Gallery to curate museum-style exhibitions.
Except for de Kooning, the great Abstract Expressionists—among them Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Clyfford Still—slowly established a characteristic style, which they developed, expanded, and enriched as their careers evolved. In contrast, de Kooning was restless, moving successfully from style to style through his long career. So what was the balance between continuity and change within his art? John Elderfield addresses this crucial question in his lecture.
Elderfield has been the recipient of numerous fellowships for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an associate fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. In addition, the French government awarded him an Officier des Arts et des Lettres.
Please arrive early. The galleries will have extended hours from 5 to 7 pm. Tickets to the lecture include admission to the Museum on the day of the program.
Phoograph by Jill Krementz
This series is a collaboration between the Master of Fine Arts degree program of Montclair State University and the Montclair Art Museum.