LONDON – “Lee Krasner: Living Colour” is a richly illustrated monograph that throws light on the work and life of the artist, a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism whose importance has often been overshadowed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock. “Lee Krasner: Living Colour,” the exhibition, is at Barbican Art Gallery from May 30 to Sept. 1, 2019.
In 1984 Krasner became one of the few female artists to be given a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acknowledging her belated recognition, she quipped: “I was a woman, Jewish, a widow, a damn good painter, thank you, and a little too independent.”
Discover Krasner’s spirit for invention – from striking early self-portraits to her acclaimed ‘Little Image’ paintings from the 1940s, from collages comprised of torn-up earlier work to a selection of her most impressive large-scale abstract paintings. Explore nearly 100 works, many of which are being presented for the first time in the UK.
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“Lee Krasner: Living Colour” features a selection of the artist’s most important paintings, collages and works on paper; essays by Eleanor Nairne, Katy Siegel, John Yau and Suzanne Hudson; a previously unpublished interview with her biographer, Gail Levin; as well as a fully illustrated chronology, offering a powerful reassessment of one of the leading figures of 20th-century American art.
Thames & Hudson and Barbican has published Lee Krasner: Living Colour, edited by Eleanor Nairne, to accompany the exhibition.
Eleanor Nairne is curator at Barbican Art Gallery, London, where her exhibitions include “Basquiat: Boom for Real” (2017) and “Imran Qureshi: Where the Shadows are So Deep” (2016). She was previously curator of the Artangel Collection at Tate, working with such artists as Francis Alÿs, Yael Bartana, Jeremy Deller, Mike Kelley, Tony Oursler and Catherine Yass.