ELAINE de KOONING     
         1918–1989

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After Elaine de Kooning returned to New York from teaching at the University of New Mexico, her studio burst with energetic paintings based on bullfights in Juárez, Mexico, and the expansive western landscape. De Kooning dryly observed, "Nowadays, when an artist discovers 'the sky,' it's like a bride who has never done any housework raving about her first vacuum cleaner. It's just not news." Yet she confessed that the experience prompted her to deviate from a more controlled linear style and work freely with lively, confrontational colors directly influenced by the Southwest.

Rudolph Burckhardt (1914–1999)
Gelatin silver print, 1960 (printed 2002)
Published December 1960
Estate of Rudolph Burckhardt; courtesy Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York City

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