Conserving de Kooning Theft and Recovery

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Jun 7 2022 - Aug 28 2022

In the mid 1950s, Dutch-American abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning painted Woman-Ochre, part of his controversial Woman series. The painting was eventually donated to the University of Arizona Museum of Art, where it was on display until 1985 when it was cut from its frame and stolen, missing for the next 32 years. 

This exhibition picks up after the painting’s momentous 2017 recovery, highlighting its scientific analysis and painstaking conservation treatment.

Organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Conservation Institute, in collaboration with The Willem de Kooning Foundation and the University of Arizona Museum of Art

Credit: Overview from museum website

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