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Willem de Kooning. ...Whose Name Was Writ in Water (detail), 1975. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Artwork © 2021 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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About the Event

Artist Joan Levy Hepburn was mentored by Willem de Kooning early in her career, and art historian Richard Shiff authored the book Between Sense and de Kooning. Join these experts online for an enlightening conversation on de Kooning—live from Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint in the Roberts Gallery. In this special virtual presentation, Levy Hepburn and Shiff discuss painting, color, life, and memories from de Kooning’s Long Island studio.

Willem de Kooning. ...Whose Name Was Writ in Water, 1975. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Artwork © 2021 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Joan Levy Hepburn with Willem de Kooning, 1973. Photo courtesy of Levy Hepburn

About the Speakers

Joan Levy Hepburn has been making art and music since early childhood. She met Willem de Kooning while attending Buxton School in Williamstown, MA. He was impressed by one of her paintings and became her mentor for the rest of his life—a relationship that lasted 25 years. Her work has been exhibited widely and is in many museum, corporate, and private collections. She has given lectures on art and music at museums and colleges throughout the US.

Richard Shiff is the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art at the University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the Center for the Study of Modernism. His scholarship focuses on modern and contemporary art. Shiff’s publications include Sensuous Thoughts: Essays on the Work of Donald Judd (2020), Ellsworth Kelly: New York Drawings 1954–1962 (2014), Between Sense and de Kooning (2011), and Cézanne and the End of Impressionism (1984).