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Resource ID: #22972
Subject: Art
Source: ARTnews
Date: 2006-04-01



Willem de Kooning was an artist who succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease in the late 1980s. Yet, he continued to paint until 1990, and his daughter and only child Lisa de Kooning and John Eastman, his longtime lawyer's son, were appointed conservators of de Kooning's works and estate. They faced a challenge in trying to get fans to accept his later paintings not as the work of a man afflicted with Alzheimer's, but as worthy additions to his large catalog. Eastman and de Kooning liquidated Willem de Kooning's art holdings and attempted to create a market for his work, with the paintings "being placed in prestigious public and private collections."

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