For this week’s Urban Voices segment, we took a look at a painter who developed her artistic voice in an urban setting. Elaine de Kooning learned her craft by frequenting the many art museums of New York City and studying their collections. In the 1940’s and 50’s she became part of a new art movement called “Abstract Expressionism.” Comprised of bold, fluid and emphasizing gestures, much of her work involved male subjects and was portraiture.
The National Portrait Gallery in Washington is honoring her contributions to the art world with a retrospective of her work. For this week’s Urban Voice, we present the Chief Curator of the exhibit “Elaine de Kooning: Portraits,” Brandon Fortune.
Elaine de Kooning honed her skills in the 1940’s with another artist from the “Abstract Expressionism” movement who became quite famous – Willem de Kooning. He also became her husband. Through him she met many progressive