Lee Krasner

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Lee Krasner: Collage Paintings 1938–1981

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.
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Lee Krasner | Collage Paintings 1938–1981 at Kasmin Art Gallery

Lee Krasner: Collage Paintings 1938–1981 is now open at 509 West 27th Street featuring several masterpieces by Krasner created throughout her life, as well as significant works from the artist’s 2019–2021 tour de force European retrospective, Lee Krasner: Living Colour. Presented in collaboration with the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Lee Krasner’s collage paintings represent some of the artist’s most conceptual and emotionally charged works.
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