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Elaine and Bill, Portrait of A Marriage

Elaine and Bill, Portrait of A Marriage

The Lives of Willem and Elaine De Kooning

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Baker & Taylor
An insider's intimate account of the marriage of American postwar art icons Willem and Elaine de Kooning offers readers a true tale of love, sex, obsession, and artistic genius. By the author of Betty Parsons. 15,000 first printing. National ad/promo.

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Profiles the dynamic and tumultuous, 50-year, on-again, off-again "open" marriage of Willem and Elaine de Kooning, whose lives were at the epicenter of the postwar art world. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
He was devastating, an enigmatic rebel already producing the violent, tortured canvases that would earn him acclaim as the "Great Master" of post-war America. She was mesmerizing, a sensuous, provocative young painter with an all-consuming appetite for art and for life. Each was ambitious; neither was psychologically constituted to be an also-ran or to play it safe. They came together in an irresistible collision of passion and power that almost destroyed them both and irrevocably changed the face of modern American art.
Over a fifty-year on-again, off-again "open" marriage, Willem and Elaine de Kooning lived and worked at the epicenter of the art world, setting trends and style, inciting gossip and intrigue, and eventually amassing power and fame and fortune. Their friends and foes were the giants of postwar American art; their arena was the volatile cauldron of Abstract Expressionism, in which macho posturing, drunken display, and sexual promiscuity were considered the bona fides of artistic potency. The cultural firestorm they helped to ignite continues to smolder today.
Here for the first time is the unvarnished inside story of these larger-than-life personalities and the ever-shifting balance of power between them; of Machiavellian gamesmanship disguised as high cultural discourse; and the ongoing speculation as to the authenticity of de Kooning's late work. Explosive in its implications for the art world and fascinating as an exploration of the meaning of marriage and commitment, Elaine and Bill: Portrait of a Marriage is an unforgettable true tale of love, sex, obsession, and artistic genius.

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An intimate account of American postwar art icons Willem and Elaine de Kooning, offers readers a true tale of love, sex, obsession, and artistic genius

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Pub., [1993]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1993
ISBN: 9780060183059
0060183055
Branch Call Number: 759.13 DEKOO HALL
Characteristics: xi, 340 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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