Immediately—for what is collage but immediate?—I was seized by the very idea of Lee Krasner’s self re-examination. Good Lord, did this woman genius painter have courage!. Kasmin’s current exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and although it includes a few works from the Krasner retrospective that travelled Europe from 2019 to 2021, it more importantly contains several (to my way of seeing, magnificent) masterpieces from the very debut of her collage paintings at the Stable Gallery in 1955. There they appeared as, in Clement Greenberg’s words, “a major addition to the American art scene of the era.” This was a tremendously successful show, in dramatic contrast to the meager reception of an exhibition at Betty Parson’s a few years earlier, which occasioned the artist’s depression and a temporary cessation of work. In thinking about the importance of the collage paintings, the term “American” in the Greenberg quotation is crucial, for it says we aren’t imitating the French scene, we are doing our own thing—not importing, but being ourselves.