Letters concerning Lee Hall's book, Elaine and Bill: Portrait of a Marriage, 1993

Washburn, Joan T., b. 1929
Gallery director
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 7 items.

Collection Summary: Letters solicited by dealer Joan Washburn in response to the publication of Lee Hall's controversial biography of painters Willem and Elaine De Kooning. Included are a copy of a letter from dealer André Emmerich to Lee Hall, commenting on and correcting her book; letters to Washburn from sculptor Ibram Lassaw and his wife Ernestine, and from Patia Rosenberg, the daughter of critic Harold Rosenberg; a statement by Washburn; and a letter of transmittal to Steve Polcari commenting on the letters.

Biographical/Historical Note: Gallery owner; New York, New York.

Donated 1994 by Joan T. Washburn, who solicited corrections and comments about Lee Hall's book from people who knew the de Koonings.

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