"Lee Kras­ner" 11 October 2019 to 12 January 2020 at the SCHIRN


The artist Lee Krasner (1908–1984) is a pioneer of Abstract Expres­sionism in the United States. After more than 50 years, her work will once again be on view in Europe in a major retro­spec­tive. The exhi­bi­tion presents works from Krasner’s entire oeuvre, which spans more than half a century, and assem­bles loans from inter­na­tional public and private collec­tions: self-portraits from the late 1920s, char­coal life draw­ings, groups of works such as her renowned Little Images and seminal paint­ings from the Prophecy series from the 1940s and 1950s, as well as works from her Umber and Primary series from the 1960s and late collages from the 1970s.

Lee Krasner, Combat, 1965, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Felton Bequest, 1992 (IC1-1992). © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/ ARS, New York. Licensed by Copyright Agency, 2018.

Lee Krasner was born in 1908 in Brooklyn, New York, in a family emigrated from Russia. She took art lessons even as a high school student, studied at the National Academy of Design, and later joined the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts. She was a member of the Amer­ican Abstract Artists and culti­vated friend­ships with Ray Eames, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Kline. Krasner’s work was long over­shad­owed by that of her husband, Jackson Pollock, who was one of the main repre­sen­ta­tives of Action Painting and known for his drip­ping tech­nique. The couple lived and worked in a clap­board farm­house in Springs on Long Island—Krasner in the living room and an upstairs bedroom, and Pollock in a converted barn outside. After his early death in a car crash in 1956, Krasner decided to claim Pollock’s studio as her own, initi­ating a new phase in her artistic career. She was able to work on large, unstretched canvases for the first time, producing some of her most impor­tant artworks.

Digitorial: https://www.schirn.de/leekrasner/digitorial/en/

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