Spotlight on Lee Krasner
In the early 1950s, Lee Krasner—who was often highly critical of her own work—destroyed a number of her paintings. The process of slashing the canvases and the resulting detritus on the studio floor inspired the artist to incorporate the fragments into new paintings. Milkweed, 1955 (pictured above), includes some of these fragments over a background of large, vertical bands of color, characteristic of Krasner’s style. Nature, and, in particular, the landscape surrounding the artist’s East Hampton country studio, also had an influence on her work; this is evident in her choice of title for this painting, as well as the earthy brown, olive, and orange colors of the work.
Learn more about Lee Krasner with the debut of the Albright-Knox’s new book club, Book AK. The inaugural Book AK selection is Lee Krasner: A Biography, by Gail Levin. The discussion will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 10:15 am. Learn More and Register
IMAGE: © 2013 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York