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June 13 2019

Curator Eleanor Nairn brought together nearly 100 pieces for a touring exhibition titled “Lee Krasner: Living Color,” which opened at London’s Barbican Art Gallery on May 30th.

London’s Barbican Art Gallery is the first European institution to host a Lee Krasner exhibition since the Whitechapel Gallery in 1965.

Lee Krasner (1909-1984) went through a lot in order to gain respect as an artist and a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism. She had to confront the chauvinistic New York art scene, antisemitism, ageism, and the mixed feelings of being “Mrs Jackson Pollock.”

Her ravaging determination shines through her works. Just like her, one of her paintings, named Combat, a 13 feet long painting, travelled the furthest, from the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia to the Barbican in London.

Combat by Lee Krasner

The exhibition is organized by the Barbican Art Gallery in collaboration with Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Zentrum Paul Klee Bern, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
“Lee Krasner: Living Colors,” May 30 through September 1, Barbican Art Gallery, London.
It is accompanied by a publication, which Nairn has edited, and the first European edition of Gail Levin’s biography of the artist. Both of the new books are published by Thames & Hudson.