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Elaine and Bill: The Lives of Willem and Elaine de Kooning
Lee Hall
081541059X
January 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The 46-year marriage of solitary, depressive Willem de Kooning, the Dutch-born American abstract expressionist, and gregarious, ebullient painter-critic Elaine Fried was a spiral of competition marked by sexual infidelities, fights and squalid alcoholism on both sides. Hall ( Betty Parsons ) claims the union, strained by an 18-year separation, nurtured the development of their personalities and art, but there is not much evidence for that in this intimate, engaging narrative based on the author's friendship with Elaine (who died in 1989) and on interviews with the couple's friends (Willem, now 89 and afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, was incapable of being interviewed). Hall portrays Elaine as a smart operator who helped establish her husband's reputation by having strategic sexual affairs with art critics...


Spirit of Abstract Expressionism
Elaine De Kooning
0807613371
Feb 1994
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Artist, critic and wife of painter Willem de Kooning, Elaine de Kooning (1918-1989) was both the interpreter and the voice of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Published primarily in Art News between 1949 and 1967, these 28 articles display her acumen and impassioned commitment. Included are a wonderfully personal biographical-critical profile of Arshile Gorky, an analysis of the alchemy of Franz Kline's paintings and perceptive appraisals of artists as diverse as Andrew Wyeth, Stuart Davis, Jackson Pollock and Esteban Vicente. An eloquent 1955 essay on how an artist chooses, or is chosen by, his or her subject seems just as relevant today as when it was written. Slivka, who teaches art criticism at New York University, examines de Kooning's underrated career as a painter, and Luyckx, the artist's sister,...


Lee and Elaine, Vol. 1
Ann Rower
1852424168
February 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this second novel by Rower (Armed Response), the artistic and social excesses of the New York School painters Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Willem de Kooning and Elaine de Kooning provide a welcome obsession for a painter in a midlife crisis. At the start of an East Hampton summer, the death of an old friend and fellow artist shocks the narrator and leads her to Green River Cemetery, where she comes upon the graves of many of the abstract expressionist painters, among them Lee Krasner and Elaine de Kooning. She begins to investigate the history of "the wives," convinced that there is a story there "about friendship and competition between women artists." As this interest stretches out over several years, it becomes more and more a way for the narrator to avoid her own failed career, her fears of aging and the...


Great Paintings by Women Artists: 24 Full-Color Cards
Hayward Cirker (Editor)
0486402134
July 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
This diverse collection — spanning the 17th through 20th centuries — reproduces in card format 24 paintings by such outstanding artists as Mary Cassatt, Sonia Delaunay, Vanessa Bell, Grandma Moses, Alice Neel, Elaine de Kooning, and others. Perfect for sending special greetings to art lovers or for adding to a personal gallery. Captions.


In Memory of My Feelings: Frank O'Hara and American Art
Russell Ferguson
0520222431
September 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
Not only was Frank O'Hara (1926-1966) one of the most important American poets of his generation, he was also intimately involved with the art world of the 1950s and 1960s, a time when New York had become the cultural capital of the world. As an associate curator at the Museum of Modern Art, O'Hara organized a series of important exhibitions, notably of the work of Franz Kline and of Robert Motherwell. In Memory of My Feelings: Frank O'Hara and American Art explores this key period in modern art by presenting artists who were associated with O'Hara and whose seminal works are reflected in his poetry.
Featuring over 80 works by twenty-three artists, the book focuses on works closely tied to specific poems by Frank O'Hara, notably Jasper Johns's In Memory of My Feelings--Frank O'Hara and Grace...


Portraits of the Presidents: The National Portrait Gallery
Frederick S. Voss
0847822982
December 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
The most visited gallery of the National Portrait Gallery is the Hall of Presidents, the collection of portraits of America's elected leaders. More than a visual record of holders of power, these images evoke the careers and legacies of the men they portray.

An authoritative, engaging text by Frederick Voss illuminates the pictures, offering a concise history of each President and telling how each portrait came to be made. Included in this book are images of every American President, from Gilbert Stuart's famous depiction of George Washington, to Elaine de Kooning's John F. Kennedy and Norman Rockwell's Richard Nixon, and concluding with Chuck Close's photographic portrait of Bill Clinton.

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