Lisa de Kooning has passed away at the age of 56

November 25th, 2012

Lisa de Kooning via Panache Magazine

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 age 56. The cause of death has not yet been determined. Johanna Liesbeth (“Lisa”) de Kooning was born in New York in 1956. She was raised in Manhattan and lived primarily in The Springs, East Hampton, near her father’s studio. She created a foundation in her father’s name and a Trust for her personal collection of his work. She was known as an active and prominent philanthropist, and worked devotedly 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, and championed a variety of philanthropic causes, from animals to children to art. She is survived by her three children. Read the article via The East Hampton Patch