Wednesday, November 17

In 1926, Willem de Kooning arrived in the United States, a stowaway from Holland. He moved from New Jersey to New York, worked here and there as a commercial artist, got a job with the government-sponsored WPA Federal Art Project painting murals, and then finally settled in to become a leader in what would become abstract impressionism. Though his images became exceedingly haunting as he slowly succumbed to Alzheimer's in the '80s, de Kooning will always be remembered for his early black-and-white paintings. Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swanhave penned a comprehensive biography of the artist, and they'll sign copies of de Kooning: An American Master and share their perspective on his groundbreaking work today at the Menil Collection. Space is limited, so reserve a spot and meet the authors at 7:30 p.m. 1515 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-525-9414 or visit www.brazosbookstore.com. Free.

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