Say the name “Jackson Pollock” and you will likely get a glint of recognition from even the artistically uninitiated, but mention the name of his wife and widow, Lee Krasner, and even some well-versed art lovers will shrug. While Krasner was a force in bringing Pollock’s work to the fore of the mid-century art scene, few realize she was a powerful and important artist in her own right.
Krasner lead a fascinating life, pursuing a life in art at a time when extremely few could expect to make it as a fine artist. She studied with some of the most important artists of the pre-war era in New York City, and interacted with all of the important Abstract Expressionist figures. A controversial personality, many felt she bullied her way into the modern art market and used Pollock’s estate to find venues for her own work, Krasner had a powerful and lasting impact on the market for American art. Krasner is arguably one of the most important women artists in American history, and certainly opened the door form many female artists who followed her.
Join us Tuesday for a discussion of Gail Levin’s book on Krasner where we will discuss the artist’s life and work. We’ve received feedback from many readers who found inspiration for their own art vocation in Krasner’s story. We will talk about the challenges she faced, and those that artists continue to face – you’ll be inspired by Krasner’s fortitude and persistence.
Even if you didn’t read the book you will enjoy our discussion and you are invited to join the book club meeting by clicking the registration link below. Registration and participation are free.
Timing can be a bit confusing because of the various time zones of participants. Remember, there will be one session and it will begin at:
9:00 p.m. if you are in the Eastern Time Zone
8:00 p.m. Central
7:00 p.m. Mountain
6:00 p.m. Arizona
6:00 p.m. Pacific
If you are unable to attend for any reason or miss any of the session, we will be recording the session and will post it to reddotblog.com when the recording is available (we'll email registered participants as well).