RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 714726281 LA English T1 Between sense and De Kooning A1 Shiff, Richard., PB Reaktion Books PP London YR 2011 SN 9781861898531 1861898533 AB "'Order to me is to be ordered about', Willem de Kooning said. Between Sense and de Kooning is an exploration of how de Kooning both worked and thought concerning art, while respecting the artist's own ambiguities and his reluctance to embrace categorical distinctions between representation and abstraction. Richard Shiff acknowledges de Kooning's idea that art is not about concepts like progress or development, but is instead a sensory phenomenon. The word Sense in this book's title carries a dual meaning - it is used here as both a sensation or feeling and as reason or direction. Employing both definitions, Shiff addresses the difficulty in interpreting de Kooning's work that has complicated its critical reception in the art and scholarly world. With detailed analysis of specific works from throughout de Kooning's career, many of which have never been published or studied before, Shiff discusses de Kooning's use of materials and his technical experimentation. He looks at the artist's painting processes, highlighting his tendency to transfer images, and even paint itself, from one work to another, and considers his creation of an exotica of the mundane. Between Sense and de Kooning provides a much-needed analysis and appreciation of de Kooning's complete œuvre and will appeal not only to art historians but to anyone curious to understand how such an independent and daring artist gained lasting recognition as one of the key figures of twentieth-century art."--Pub. desc.