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Lee Krasner

Living Colour

Eleanor Nairne


A 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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Lee Krasner, a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism, was one of the few female artists to be given a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. This volume features a selection of the artist’s most important paintings, collages and works on paper; essays on her life and art by Eleanor Nairne, Katy Siegel, John Yau and Suzanne Hudson; an interview with her biographer, Gail Levin; and a fully illustrated chronology.


'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: Paperback

Size: 23.8 x 18.7 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 214

Publication date: 15 February 2024

ISBN: 9780500297582

Contents List

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
Night Journeys
Primary Series
Eleven Ways
Interview – Lee Krasner with Gail Levin
Illustrated Chronology

About the Author

Eleanor Nairne is Head of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She was Senior Curator at Barbican Art Gallery, London, where her exhibitions included ‘Alice Neel: Hot off the Griddle’ (2023), ‘Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty’ (2021), ‘Lee Krasner: Living Colour’ (2019) and ‘Basquiat: Boom for Real’ (2017).