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De Kooning Susan Murphy

De Kooning And Me

Susan Murphy | Posted 12.31.2011 | Arts
Susan Murphy

In the winter of 1981, I was teaching movement and dance at an East Hampton massage and yoga studio where Elaine de Kooning took classes.  She liked my spirit and suggested it might help to lighten her husband's depression if I gave him massages every day or so.  Bill de Kooning was 76 years and had recently quit drinking. I started right away, and worked with him for two months. I kept a journal of our time together.