Saturday, March 12, 2016

Elaine de Kooning

March 12, 1918. Elaine de Kooning (March 12, 1918/1920 - February 1, 1989) was an Abstract Expressionist, Figurative Expressionist painter in the post-World War II era and editorial associate for Art News magazine. On December 9, 1943, she married artist Willem de Kooning, who was a highly influential artist in the Abstract Expressionism movement. In this image: Members of the media and Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum staff are surrounded by portraits of presidents including Warren Harding, left, by Margaret Lindsay Williams, Dwight D. Eisenhower, third from right, by Thomas Edgar Stephens, John F. Kennedy, second from right, by Elaine de Kooning, and photographs of Kennedy by George Thames, as they tour the exhibit at the Carter Museum Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003.

Portrait of Jack Kennedy

Elaine de Kooning was probably born 30 years too early. The New York painter, who died in 1989 at age 70, had a surfeit of talents. She was both a gifted figurative painter and a committed Abstract Expressionist, as seen in the current exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. She was also both femme fatale and proto-feminist, a free thinker, a writer, a respected critic, a popular friend and beloved teacher.
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Oral history:

For Artist Elaine De Kooning, Painting Was A Verb, Not A ...… May 13, 2015 - In New York City in the 1940s, painters Willemde Kooning and his wife, Elaine, were the people you wanted at your dinner party.

Too often women are deleted from art history for no good reason than they are female. If her sex wasn't known, I imagine the criticism would be less harsh, and people would look harder at her accomplishment instead of making venomous accusations and cruel comments.

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“A painting to me is primarily a verb, not a noun, an event first and only secondarily an image” born in 1918

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