Lee Krasner A Biography (Paperback)
|Author: Gail Levin|
Lee Krasner is best known as the artist-wife of Jackson Pollock, the renowned abstract expressionist painter. Yet in this riveting biography, the first full-length account of her life, distinguished art historian Gail Levin shows that Lee Krasner was a significant artist who deserves her place in the twentieth century''s cultural lexicon and artistic pantheon.
During the Great Depression, Krasner supported herself painting murals for the WPA, was called a Trotskyite for speaking out at the Artists Union, and got arrested for demonstrating on behalf of workers'' rights. Her life changed in 1945 when she began her troubled marriage with Jackson Pollock. In "Lee Krasner," Levin examines how this strong woman struggled to meet the challenges of Pollock''s alcoholism and infidelity, all while encouraging his art.
"Lee Krasner" is a dynamic, compelling, and moving portrait of a brilliant woman artist whose dramatic life is part of the cultural fabric of America.
From the Publisher:
"LEE KRASNER,best known as Jackson Pollock's wife, reveals a woman who was a firebrand and trailblazer for women's rights, who also led a fascinating life, and who is finally now being recognized as one of the 20th century's modernist masters"--
Being an important painter is not the same as being a great one. By the time Lee Krasner was hailed as the former (the Whitney Museum of American Art conferred on her the tribute of a one-woman exhibition in 1973--her first at a New York museum--when she was in her mid-sixties), she was still known to many as the widow of the "great" Jackson Pollock. That shadow had darkened, but also enhanced, most of her life. Author Gail Levin reveals the complexities of that life, refusing to shy from the bitter and unappealing aspects of her subject, but revealing with great care Krasner's strengths, the integrity of her struggles against the power structures of the art world, her achievements as a painter, and the creative convictions that fueled a lifelong rebellion against limits, personal and artistic, in which she refused to remain confined.