NEW YORK — The work by a big-name artist is rather linear in style, maybe a bit two-dimensional. It could also disappear with one good shake.
The 9-year-old drawing by Elaine de Kooning was done on an Etch A Sketch.
De Kooning is the late artist, critic and wife of painter Willem de Kooning. And Etch A Sketch is the quickly erasable, two-knobbed drawing board that has gotten countless families with children through countless long car rides.
In 1985, an art gallery in Sag Harbor celebrated Etch A Sketch's 25th birthday with a drawing contest for Long Island artists. Diane Deger, who owned the Parasol Gallery, recently found De Kooning's entry lying flat in a box filled with items from the gallery.
It was signed "E de K," in the corner, like all of her work. An attached note warned, "Please Do Not Move," since even standing it up would affect the sketch.