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Elaine De Kooning: Portraits


Elaine De Kooning: Portraits

Author: Brandon Brame Fortune
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John F. Kennedy, Frank O'Hara, Allen Ginsberg, Merce Cunningham, and Fairfield Porter were just some of the figures who sat for portraits by Elaine de Kooning. Famous for her marriage to the Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning, Elaine was herself a groundbreaking artist and writer who challenged many conventions during her career. Although she portrayed women, she was most engaged with portraits of men, sometimes painting multiple portraits of her subjects, in order to explore and capture their most compelling likeness. She focused intently on her subjects - as she wrote in 1965, "Like falling in love painting a portrait is a concentration on one particular person and no one else will do." This insightful book explores de Kooning's portraits as well as her artistic process and her position in the rise of Postmodernism. Illustrated throughout with full-colour reproductions of paintings, drawings and archival photos, this book is an important contribution to the literature on Abstract Expressionism, women artists and feminism during a transformative period and will also appeal to lovers of painting of all kinds. Published in association with the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

Author description

Brandon Brame Fortune is Chief Curator at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Ann Gibson is Professor Emerita at the University of Delaware. She writes on modern and contemporary art and is best known for her work on Abstract Expressionism. Simona Cupic is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Belgrade.

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General Fields

  • : 9783791354385
  • : Prestel
  • : Prestel
  • : March 2015
  • : 305mm X 230mm X 0mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 160
  • : 100
  • : Brandon Brame Fortune
  • : Hardback