The second guest on this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast is curator and critic Karen Wilkin, one of three co-curators of “American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning, and Their Circle, 1927-42,” on view now at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth. The show examines the ‘second generation’ of New York modernists and the work they made between the wars.
Willem de Kooning is a big part of the show’s story. Ultimately he would become the best-known painter of that group, a story told by Mark Stevens on Episode No. 6 of The MAN Podcast. With Annalyn Swan, Stevens is de Kooning’s co-biographer. Their 2004 book, “de Kooning: An American Master,” won the Pulitzer Prize for biography.