Elaine de Kooning papers, circa 1959-1989

De Kooning, Elaine Marie, b. 1918 d. 1989
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 1.1 linear feet

Collection Summary: The Elaine de Kooning papers date circa 1959-1989 and measure 1.1 linear feet. Scrapbooks, writings, interviews, lectures, photographs, printed material and artifacts document Elaine de Kooning's career and life with Willem de Kooning.

Biographical/Historical 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, N.Y. De Kooning was married to artist Willem de Kooning (1904-1997).

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, an artist who transcribed them for de Kooning.

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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.