Sunday, March 27, 2011

I CAN'T WAIT TO READ LEE KRASNER: A BIOGRAPHY

I remember being at The Brooklyn Museum a bunch of years back, seeing some of the paintings of Lee Krasner, and thinking "Damn, this was a brilliant woman. I wish I knew more about her!" So I was thrilled to find out that there's a biography out about her, written by Gail Levin. Mary Houlihan of the Chicago Sun Times starts her review of the book this way:

For decades, the defining footnote to Krasner’s life was her marriage to legendary artist Jackson Pollock, a long-suffering relationship that overshadowed Krasner’s own talent and contributions to American abstract expressionism. But now in the absorbing Lee Krasner: A Biography, art historian Gail Levin looks well beyond the Pollock factor to detail Krasner’s own brilliant career. She manages to do this in succinct detail stretching from Krasner’s Brooklyn childhood and involvement in the early 20th century New York art world to the decades after Pollock’s death and the eventual recognition of her own artwork.

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