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Elaine de Kooning papers, circa 1959-1989

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Creator:
De Kooning, Elaine, 1918-1989
Subject:
Chessman, Caryl
De Kooning, Willem
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
1.1 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Summary:
The scattered papers of Abstract Expressionist painter Elaine de Kooning are dated circa 1959-1989 and measure 1.1 linear feet. Found within the papers are letters, writings, a sketch of John F. Kennedy, notes, a sound recording, a few documents regarding Willem de Kooning, transcripts of interviews of de Kooning, transcripts of recorded conversations between de Kooning and others, and transcripts of lectures by de Kooning and others. There are a few photographs of de Kooning and of de Kooning with others, including John F. Kennedy, artist James Bohary, and Ad Reinhardt, and of artwork. Also found are printed materials and two scrapbooks containing a variety of documents about de Kooning's protest against the death penalty and efforts to save the life of convicted criminal Caryl Chessman.
Citation:
Elaine de Kooning papers, circa 1959-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Related Materials:
Among the holding of the Archives is an oral history interview conducted in 1981 by Phyllis Tuchman, for the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and His Times oral history project. Also found is a collection of Elaine and Willem de Kooning financial records.
Biography Note:
Elaine de Kooning (1918-1989) was an Abstract Expressionist painter, teacher and writer who lived and worked in New York City and East Hampton, New York. De Kooning was married to artist Willem de Kooning (1904-1997).
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art in 2003 by Denise Lassaw, de Kooning's goddaughter and her mother Ernestine Lassaw, and in 2013-2015 by Denise Lassaw. Interview transcripts and lectures donated 2015 by Doris Aach, a friend who transcribed them for de Kooning.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Abstract expressionism
Art teachers
Artists
Capital punishment
Interviews
Painters
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Transcripts
Women artists
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11090
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)239307
AAA_collcode_dekoelas
Theme:
Photography
Art Movements and Schools
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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