Elaine de Kooning, neeElaine Marie Catherine Fried, (born March 12, 1920, New York, N.Y., U.S.--died Feb. 1, 1989, Southampton, Long Island, N.Y.), American painter, teacher, and art critic who is perhaps best known for her portraits.A precocious young artist with a competitive streak that found an outlet in sports, she graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn and briefly attended Hunter College. In 1938, an instructor at her art school introduced her to Willem de Kooning, whose paintings enthralled her. He began tutoring her in the close observation of objects that he had learned..
Kenneth Patchen, (born Dec. 13, 1911, Niles, Ohio, U.S.--died Jan. 8, 1972, Palo Alto, Calif.), American experimental poet, novelist, painter, and graphic designer.Itinerant in his youth and only occasionally a student, Patchen worked at many jobs before beginning to write and paint. He published many collections of verse from 1936 on, notably Collected Poems (1968), and several novels, including The Journal of Albion Moonlight (1941), Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer (1945), and See You in the Morning (1948). He also wrote plays and other works, all of which exhibit a combination of high idealism,..