Elaine de Kooning

1918 (New York) – 1989 (Southampton, N.Y.)

Willem de Kooning was her husband, though they lived long periods apart. At Black Mountain, she studied with Albers, performed with Cunningham, and with Johnson helped Fuller put up his first geodesic dome. She was among the first to write about Kline (who shared a house with the de Koonings for a summer) and about Rothko (whom she found witty and attractive). She wrote about Smith making a sculpture, as well as about Albers, Gorky and many other New York friends and colleagues. Porter drew her, and she him; she also painted O’Hara, while Baziotes passed on detective novels.