Living Colours: 60 Years of Lee Krasner in a Grand Exhibition

Living Colours: 60 Years of Lee Krasner in a Grand Exhibition
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In Europe, there aren’t many that know of her, but in the United States, she’s famous as one of the important exponents of Abstract Expressionism, one of the few women who had works on display at the MoMa in New York. The wife of Jackson Pollock, close friend of Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, Lee Krasner is being honoured with a large retrospective at the Barbican Center. 100 works retrace her lengthy career, along with films and rare vintage photos, in a dynamic and elegant display, created by David Chipperfield Architects. From her first, powerful self-portraits to the large abstract canvases of her final years, the inventive eye of the painter of Russian origins is evident, which, along with her tenacious character, marked her 50-years of work. Lee “looked you right in the eye and you didn’t dare back away,” recalled playwright Edward Albee. The same thing happens in front of the works of the American artist, whether a collage, a high-powered charcoal drawing or one of her famed Little Images, where her painting is guided by a rigorous geometrical logic. But the most highly-anticipated works are the large canvases like The Guardian, Happy Lady, Icarus, Siren, which Krasner painted nailed to the wall of her house on Long Island, a few years after Pollock’s death. Courageously, Lee continued work in the studio by herself - her work on dimension, bio-morphism and colour, finally, paying off with a stunning impact.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London