For many years, women artists and writers did their best to keep up with the guys. When the feminist movement came along, they resented being lumped into a category that defined them as "women artists." Helen Frankenthaler, a painter who is having a seriously revitalized pop culture moment, was among those who also resisted this label.
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.