Sunday, February 5, 2012

Canal in the Early Morning 2

When I walk along the canal in the early morning, while it's still fairly dark, since I have been reading about de Kooning, and his pal Franz Kline, I am reminded of their black and white images.

There's a famous photo of de Kooning with Elaine taken by Hans Namuth in the summer of 1953. De Kooning has been working on one of his woman paintings on the back porch of Leo Castelli's summer house in East Hampton. He put up sheetrock to hang his paintings, presumably to protect the house wall, but quite noticeable is that de Kooning didn't bother with a drop cloth. The porch floor is covered with thick paint. Somebody had to clean up that mess later. I thought about it as I was cleaning up after supper tonight.

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