A PORTRAIT OF
ELAINE DE KOONING
laine de Kooning was an influential painter, art critic, and teacher. She helped introduce Abstract
Expressionism—the first uniquely American art movement—through her writing in ArtNews. She
continued to create innovative and important paintings and drawings throughout her life. The National
Portrait Gallery in Washington currently has an exhibition of her work on view through January 10, 2016,
entitled Elaine de Kooning: Portraits.
Top row, from left: Elaine de Kooning, Robert De Niro, Sr., 1973, oil on canvas, Aramark © Elaine de Kooning Trust; Elaine de Kooning, Alex Katz, 1975, oil on masonite,
Private Collection © Elaine de Kooning Trust. Second row, from left: Elaine de Kooning, John F. Kennedy, 1963, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute © Elaine de
Kooning Trust; Elaine de Kooning, Aladar Marberger (Aladar #3), oil on canvas, 1986, Donna Lynne Marberger & Dr. Jon L. Marberger © Elaine de Kooning Trust; Elaine
de Kooning, Fairfield Porter, 1954, oil on canvas, Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection.
Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 1995.22 © Elaine de Kooning Trust
BY CHRIS BYRNE
BRANDON BRAME FORTUNE, CHIEF CURATOR AND CURATOR OF PAINTING AND SCULPTURE
AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, REVITALIZES THIS LATE ARTIST’S INFLUENCE.