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Lee Krasner

Living Colour

Eleanor Nairne

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A new monograph on the life and work of an outstanding abstract expressionist painter, now emerging as one of the most important women artists of the 20th century

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This richly illustrated monograph throws light on the work and life of Lee Krasner, a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism, whose importance as an artist has often been overshadowed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock. 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.’ Lee Krasner 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collages and works on paper; essays by Eleanor Nairne, Katy Siegel, John Yau and Suzanne Hudson; a previously unpublished interview with her biographer, Gail Levin; and a fully illustrated chronology, offering a powerful reassessment of one of the leading figures of 20th-century American art.


'Exhilarating and thorough'
Literary Review

'If you want a one-volume guide to Lee Krasner’s work, this is it'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 28.0 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 214

Publication date: 30 May 2019

ISBN: 9780500094082

Contents List

Foreword • Introduction by Eleanor Nairne • Essay by Katy Siegel • Essay by John Yau • Essay by Suzanne Hudson • Becoming Lee • Life Drawing • War Service Windows • Little Images • Stable Gallery • Prophecy • Night Journeys • Primary Series • Palingenesis • Eleven Ways • Interview – Lee Krasner with Gail Levin • Illustrated Chronology

About the Author

Eleanor Nairne is an art historian and curator at Barbican Art Gallery, London, where her previous exhibitions include ‘Basquiat: Boom for Real’ (2017). She has contributed to a number of publications, among them the Basquiat monograph Kings, Heroes and the Street: The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat, and is a contributor to frieze. She is also a former Jerwood Writer in Residence.