Willem de Kooning: Paintings of the Eighties, 1986-present
PROPOSED BUT UNPUBLISHED. After de Kooning's exhibition of paintings at Fourcade in 1985,
we proposed a book concentrating on the works of his final decade. This was the first effort to present
comprehensively de Kooning's late work that many dismissed or criticized. Regrettably Xavier
Fourcade, his dealer, died within a year and two years later Elaine de Kooning, who controlled the
artist's affairs, died of cancer. With their passing possible access to unpublished material closed, and
the book remained unpublished at the time of de Kooning's death. Some paintings from the decade
remain unseen to date.