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Re:deKooning Dilema.

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Sat, 12 Apr 1997 13:46:36 +0000

Dear Donna Lyle,

As I understand,in his later years deKooning was isolated from the
people who cared most about his mind.I have videos of him painting whilst
'ill',and his behaviour is not that of a man with alzheimers
(spelling?).Nor do I believe such sophisticated work was produced by a man
with said condition.Do you agree the work falls short of the pre'75,and yet
surpasses the work of circa '86?How did he develop and improve if his mind
was failing?Is the work from his hand?Yes,and he was ill.But I believe the
diagnoses was wrong.Would anyone have an interest in misdiagnosing his
mental state?Would anyone have wanted to gain legal control over his

It was a tragic situation for a great painter to find himself in,and I
cried the night I heard he'd died.I'll miss him.

Regarding your question as to wether he was producing art or not.It's a
silly question as you must be aware.Of course it's art,but is it art of
quality?Art can be anything,but that doesn't make it high art.Aesthetic
judgements should always come first,but alas,rarely do these days of hype.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this email,and hope you can find the time
to reply.I tried replying online but it wouldn't work for me - problems?