Lisa de Kooning, Daughter of Willem de Kooning, Dies at 56

Lisa deKooning by Barry Gordin
Lisa de Kooning, photo credit: Barry Gordin

Lisa de Kooning, the 56-year-old daughter of late Abstract Expressionist legend Willem de Kooning, died in her home on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday.

An artist and philanthropist, born January 29, 1956, Ms. de Kooning lived in Springs, East Hampton and managed her father’s estate and studio there on Woodbine Drive. She was the only daughter of de Kooning and Joan Ward and helped create the Willem de Kooning Foundation, which was established in 2001 with the estate’s co-executor, attorney John Eastman of Eastman & Eastman. She is survived by three daughters, Isabel, Emma and Lucy de Kooning Villeneuve,

According to East Hampton Patch, which broke the story on Sunday, the cause of death is undetermined at this time, and funeral services will be private.

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