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Book Title: De Kooning: An American Master|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 885 KB
v The author of the book: Mark Stevens
Edition: Alfred A. Knopf
Date of issue: April 4th 2006
ISBN 13: 9780375711169
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Read full description of the books De Kooning: An American Master:Before I read this book, I rarely read straight-up biographies. I think the last one I read was a bio of Sylvia Plath I waded though in the tenth grade for an essay I was writing on her (oh yes, I was so tortured). I still recall bits and pieces from that bio, but I didn't crave all things biography after I'd finished. I think I went to track practice and forgot about it.
This book has singlehandedly renewed my faith in the biography. I have never been in love with de Kooning's paintings, but I can't resist hundreds of pages of details about this nutty man and his exploits. Oh yeah, and art criticism that isn't boring and actually made me appreciate the paintings more fully. It also helped that de Kooning hob-nobbed with all these drunk modern artists and the bio has detailed accounts of all the people he spent time with, was inspired by, and ahem, had relations with. Did I mention that de Kooning had lots and lots of sexy lady friends, too? Well, he did. Later in life, de Kooning gets dementia, but keeps on painting. It's really interesting to see how his work changes and what remains the same throughout his life, especially when the ravaging effects of his wild lifestyle begin to take hold.
This was a really engrossing and inspiring read. Like VH1's Behind the Music meets MOMA. I have yet to find another biography that hits the mark as this one does.
Read information about the authorMark Stevens is an award-winning commercial writer, author and blogger (http://www.houseof8balls.com).
His work has appeared on television and radio, in newspapers and magazines, online, on billboards and bookshelves.
His first e-book SHORTSTUFF 1 is a collection of 8 tall stories done short, that are equal parts silly, weird, absurd, funny and far fetched.
He lives with his wife and 3 children in a yurt on a vast plain in Mongolia.
He doesn't really. He lives in a house in Australia. With heating.
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