Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Willem deLooper at the Katzen Arts Center

Willem deLooper

The Katzen Arts Center at American University
April 1–May 18

Hours:11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tue–Sun
(Admission is free)

Please go and see Jack Rasmussen's wonderfully curated and wonderfully hung show featuring Washington's dean of abstract painting, Willem deLooper. The show looks great and it spans deLoopers work from the 60's forward. If you remember that time it's great walk down memory lane, as well as a great opportunity to put this artist's work into its proper context. If your not old enough, or weren't around DC in the 70's and 80's, it's a great chance to see where DC art has come from. deLooper is one of the few "direct" links to the acclaimed Washington Color School.

Born in 1932 in The Hague, Netherlands, Willem de Looper studied under Ben L. Summerford and Robert Gates at American University and was the long-time curator of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. This one-person show examines de Looper's unique contributions to color field abstraction developed during the past fifty years.

Image: Willem de Looper, Untitled, 1970.
75 1/4 x 84 in. Acrylic on canvas.
Courtesy of the artist.