Willem de Looper
Thoroughly Emerald, 1968

Untitled, November 1969

Untitled, ca. 1969

Untitled, February 1968

Untitled, 1968

Untitled, February 1969

Born
The Hague, Netherlands, 1932
Died
Washington, D.C., United States, 2009
Education
1957
B.A., American University, College of Arts and Science, Washington, D.C.
Curatorial Work
1987–95
Consultant Curator, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
1982–87
Chief Curator, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
1974–82
Associate Curator, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
1972–74
Assistant Curator, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
1959–72
Member of staff, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Selected Exhibitions
2022
Willem de Looper: Stain Paintings 1968–1969, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
Willem de Looper: Paintings 1968–1972, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
2021
Willem de Looper: Color Field Paintings from the 1960s and 1970s: Aesthetic Transitions Through Process, David Richard Gallery, New York, NY
2018
Willem de Looper, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
2017
The St. Regis Series by Willem de Looper, Atrium Gallery, St Louis, MO
2015
Stained Paintings: 1964–1970, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
2014
Art In Embassies, United States Department of State, United States Embassy, The Hague, Netherlands
2013
Washington Art Matters: 1940s–1980s, American University Museum, Washington D.C.
REPRESENT, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
Willem de Looper, All that Jazz, Atrium Gallery, St Louis, MO
2012
Willem de Looper, Paintings 1968-72, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
The Morris at Twenty, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta GA
2011
The Big Reveal, Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis MO
2009
Willem de Looper: In Memoriam, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis MO
Memorial Exhibition, The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.
2008
Willem de Looper, American University Museum, Washington, D.C.
2007
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
2006
Pass Gallery, Washington, D.C.
2004
Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2003
Watkins Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2002
Willem de Looper, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
2001
New Paintings, Alex Gallery, Washington, D.C.
2000
Art Paris, Galerie Sacha Tarassoff, Paris, France
Willem de Looper, Paintings 1998–2000, Alex Gallery, Washington D.C.
Recent Paintings, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1998
Willem de Looper, Recent Paintings, Troyer Fitzpatrick Lassman Gallery, Washington D.C.
Recent Work, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO
New Paintings, Pass Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1997
Troyer Fitzpatrick Lassman Gallery, Washington D.C.
1996
Uno (only one), Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Troyer Fitzpatrick Lassman Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Paintings from 1960–1976, Federal Reserve Board, jointly with the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
Willem de Looper, Retrospective Exhibition, The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Sketchbooks & Works on Paper, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
1995
New Work, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Troyer Fitzpatrick Lassman Gallery, Washington D.C.
Willem de Looper: Paintings and Painted Objects, Pavilion of Fine Arts, Montgomery College, Takoma Park MD
Sketchbooks & Small Paintings on Paper, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
1994
Recent Work, Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington D.C.
1993
Troyer Fitzpatrick Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1992
New Paintings, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Jones Troyer Fitzpatrick Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1991
Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1990
Works on Canvas and Paper, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1989
B.R. Kornblatt Gallery, Washington D.C.
Jones Troyer FitzpatrickGallery, Washington, D.C.
1988
Shippee Gallery New York, NY
Tilghman Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
1987
B.R. Kornblatt Gallery, Washington D.C.
Tilghman Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
1985–86
Area Exhibitions, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
1985
Montgomery College, Takoma Park, MD
B.R. Kornblatt Gallery, Washington D.C.
1983
B.R. Kornblatt Gallery, Washington D.C.
1982
Wald, Harkrader, and Ross, Washington D.C.
1980
McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery, Washington D.C.
Area Exhibitions, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
1979
Galerie L., Hamburg, West Germany
Sarah Y. Rentschler Gallery, New York, NY
1978
Max Protetch Gallery, Washington, D.C.
The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.
Montgomery College, Takoma Park, MD
Jean-Marie Antone Gallery, Annapolis, MD
1977
Max Protetch Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Fraser’s Stable Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1976
Max Protetch Gallery, Washington, D.C.
The Golden Door: Artist Immigrants of America, 1876–1976, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
Three-Person Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1975
Max Protetch Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Large Paintings and Works on Paper, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Paintings from 1962-75, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA
1974
Jefferson Place Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Montgomery College, Takoma Park, MD
1972
Jefferson Place Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1971
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
1970
Washington, Twenty Years, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Philomathean Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Jefferson Place Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1968
Jefferson Place Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Group Seven, Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington, D.C.
1967
Area Exhibitions, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Place Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1966
Jefferson Place Gallery, Washington D.C.
1965
Area Exhibitions, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Selected Collections
American University Museum, Washington, D.C.
Arent Fox, Washington, D.C.
Citicorp, New York, NY
Crowell & Moring, Washington, D.C.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
Federal National Mortgage Association, Washington, D.C.
Federal Reserve Bank, Miami, FL
Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond, VA
Graham Holdings, Arlington, VA (formerly The Washington Post Co.)
Goldman Sachs, New York, NY
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
IBM, Washington, D.C.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Phillip Morris Corporation, Richmond, VA
Riggs National Bank, Washington, D.C.
Security Pacific National Bank
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
The Kreeger Museum, Washington, D.C.
The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
The World Bank, Washington, D.C.
Westinghouse Collection