December 26, 2004

Is it Alzheimer's or is it Art?

From a review of "De Kooning: An American Master" in the Washington Times:

[T]here is the tragedy of de Kooning's late years. Beginning around the mid-1980s, de Kooning began exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease. Still, he kept painting. What is one to make of these works? Are they heroic strivings in the face of diminishing capacity, a great last flowering like the cutouts of Henri Matisse? Or are they little more than a child's scrawls put down by a man groping his way through a gathering mental twilight?

As my Dad commented, if this had been Michaelangelo, you'd be able to tell.

Posted by jeffreyb at December 26, 2004 10:19 PM
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