Elaine de Kooning, ‘Basketball #87’, 1954, Mark Borghi Fine Art

Signature: Signed recto lower right 'E. de K.'

“Elaine de Kooning: A Retrospective,” Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, March 21 - May 3, 1992; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California, August 8 - November 1, 1992; Maryland Institute of the Arts, Baltimore, January 22 - February 21, 1993; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, March 4 - April 11, 1993; Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama, May 2 - June 13, 1993; Heckscher Museum, Huntington, New York, November 26, 1993 - January 30, 1994.
“The Figurative Fifties: New York Figurative Expressionism”, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California, July 19 – September 18, 1988; Pennsylvania Academy of the fine arts, Philadelphia, October 12 – December 31, 1988; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, February 15 – April 30, 1989.

Paul Schimmel and Judith E. Stein. The Figurative fifties: New York Figurative Expressionism (Newport Beach, California: Newport Harbor Art Museum; New York: Rizzoli, 1988: p. 63, ill. 5.
Jane K. Bledsoe, Lawrence Campbell, Helen Amy Harrison, Elaine De Kooning, and Rose Slivka. Elaine de Kooning A Retrospective (Georgia Museum of Art, 1992).

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About Elaine de Kooning

Elaine de Kooning was a prolific and versatile painter, writer, and teacher. Though she was closely associated with the New York School and Abstract Expressionism, de Kooning eschewed developing a singular style and instead painted in a range of modes from realism to abstraction. “Style is something I’ve always tried to avoid. I’m more interested in character,” she said. The subjects in her work also varied, including mythology, landscapes, and portraiture; one of her later bodies of work was inspired by the cave paintings in Lascaux. She studied widely with different artists including Milton Resnick, Stuart Davis, and Willem de Kooning, the latter of whom she married in 1943. De Kooning also spent time at Black Mountain College, where she designed a stage set for Merce Cunningham and John Cage.

American, 1918-1989, Brooklyn, NY, United States