As one of the pioneers of post-World War II abstract expressionism, Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) used the unusual method of action painting, also known as gestural abstraction. This style often resembled Jackson Pollock’s (1912-1956) method of dripping paint, but Kooning preferred aggressive brushwork, a particularly good example of which can be seen at this exhibition in a selection of his portrayals of women.

Paintings from the John and Kimiko Powers Collection in Colorado are joined by oils, watercolors and sketches owned by museums in Japan for a show that brings together as many as 35 of de Kooning’s works; Oct. 8-Jan. 12.

Bridgestone Museum of Art; 1-10-1 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo; Tokyo Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri. till 8 p.m.). ¥800. Closed Mon. 03-5777-8600; www.bridgestone-museum.gr.jp

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