Willem de Kooning

Labor Day is behind us and I must confess that though I thoroughly enjoyed the long, sunny months of summer, I am excited for the fall to begin. Autumn is the time to put the lazy days behind us and get back to school, as it were. The fall is always chock-a-block full of inspiring new theatre and art shows and none is more exciting to me this season than the forthcoming restrospective of the works of Willem de Kooning at the MoMA. I am fortunate to have a few jobs in New York right now so will be a little more bi-coastal than usual and this show (opening September 19th) will be one of my first stops in the Big Apple.

I promise a full report from the show for those of you who can’t make it yourselves but in the meantime, I thought you might like a glimpse into the home of the artist himself. More studio than anything else, de Kooning designed his East Hampton house with soaring ceilings and ample sunlight. I don’t know if the house still exists in this incarnation since both Willem and his wife, Elaine have both passed away. I’d like to think that some appreciative patron of the arts bought it and kept is as is but with the property values in the Hamptons, I may be dreaming. Check out the interesting 1982 article from Architectural Digest for more and enjoy!

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