Elaine de Kooning

Crop of Elaine and Bill de Kooning, 1953. Courtesy of Bridgeman Images.

William Shrauger, Merce Cunningham, and Elaine de Kooning in the Black Mountain College  production of The Ruse of the Medusa, Summer 1948. Photographer, Clemens Kalischer. Courtesy of the Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center.


Art/ Design/ Craft


Guest Faculty


1948 - 1948



Brooklyn, NY



Southampton, NY

Elaine Marie Catherine de Kooning was an Abstract Expressionist and Figurative Expressionist painter in the post-World War II era. She wrote extensively on the art of the period and was an editorial associate for Art News magazine.

Black Mountain College Museum & Art Center wrote about the summer of 1948 with reflections from Willem and Elaine, which can be viewed here.


Husband: Fellow guest faculty, Bill de Kooning

Elaine de Kooning and Buckminster Fuller’s Venetian Blind Strip Dome, 1948 Summer Session.Elaine and Bill de Kooning, 1953.Working on the Supine Dome, 1948.The Ruse of the Medusa, Summer 1948.

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