Lisa de Kooning, only child of artist Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) and illustrator Joan Ward (1927-2005), died on Friday, November 23rd, 2012 at her home in the U.S. Virgin Islands late last week. The cause of death has not yet been determined. Johanna Liesbeth (“Lisa”) de Kooning was born in New York in 1956. She lived in East Hampton, near her father’s studio. She created a foundation in her father’s name and a Trust for her collection of his work. She was known as an active and prominent philanthropist, and worked to preserve the legacy of her father. She maintained her father’s studio as he had left it, forming an invaluable resource for research and study. Lisa was a sculptor herself. Johanna Liesbeth de Kooning leaves behind three children.
Willem de Kooning, one of the most prolific abstract expressionist artists of the 20th century, died in 1997. A retrospectve exhibition "de Kooning: A Retrospective" was on display at MoMA in New York City last year.
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