Lee and Me An Intimate Portrait of Lee Krasner

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Ruth Appelhof

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Territory: USA & Canada
Size: 6.75 in x 9.5 in
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 48 color, 10 b&w

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  • Lee Krasner is one of the major women artists of the 20th century
  • This memoir is full of first hand material based on interviews with Krasner and with her friends, fellow artists, gallerists, and curators
  • Often seen in her role as Pollock's companion and then widow, Krasner made important contributions to the development of American Abstract Expressionism

Angry, outrageous, defiant, and courageous are some of the words that describe the American Abstract Expressionist artist Lee Krasner (1908-1984) - the subject of this very personal memoir inspired by Ruth Appelhof's 1974 summer with her in East Hampton, Long Island. Best remembered by many as Jackson Pollock's widow, she is regarded more by 'art-world insiders' as the producer of a major body of work that influenced the evolution of contemporary art - in particular, that made by women in the 20th and 21st centuries. As a scholar and a friend, Appelhof re-examines Krasner's contributions in light of the intellectual and emotional experiences that she so candidly shared with her in weeks of interviews. In addition, Appelhof explores Lee Krasner's relationships with others - friends, art-world luminaries, artists, and other 'summer sitters' allowed into her private sanctuary - through interviews. Those recollections will offer a window into the artist's intense and idiosyncratic personal life as well as into her contributions through the groundbreaking work she produced over the course of more than six decades.

Contents: Prefaces by Helen Harrison, Director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, and Barbara Rose, Art Historian and Critic; Chapter 1: Driving Ms. Krasner; Chapter 2: The Tapes: Fact or Fiction; Chapter 3: Cards on the Table; Chapter 4: Swing of the Pendulum; Chapter 5: Summer Sitters; Chapter 6: In Spite of Herself.

Published to accompany the Lee Krasner Retrospective at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, fromThursday 30 May-Sunday 1 September 2019, and at Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, from Thursday 10 October 2019-Sunday 12 January 2020, and at Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, from Friday 7 February-Sunday 10 May 2020, and at the Guggenheim Bilbao, from Friday 29 May-Sunday 6 September 2020.

Ruth Appelhof, Executive Director Emerita of Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York, earned her Ph.D. from Syracuse University having written her dissertation on American Modernism. Her museum career started at the Whitney Museum as a Helena Rubenstein Fellow. Since then she has directed museums across the country. In 2017 Appelhof was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome and is currently a Fellow at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center.

What the press have said about this book...

“A compelling story about both the woman who is more famous as Jackson Pollock’s wife and the artist whose extraordinary body of work is finally being recognized. This captivating book is a valuable contribution to the scholarship on Krasner as well as being an entertaining page-turner.”Michele Wijegoonaratna (Wije), Curator of Exhibitions, American Federation of Arts

“This is a nuanced portrait of one of the most formidable artists in Postwar America. Weaving together nearly a hundred new interviews with rare archival material and unseen photographs, Appelhof offers a series of fresh perspectives into the life and work of Lee Krasner, which is a welcome addition to the field for her fans and newcomers alike.”Eleanor Nairne, Art Historian and Curator, Barbican Art Gallery

“A wonderful addition to the still too sparse literature on one of the greatest artists of the last century. The movie on Pollock has been done, now it’s time for Lee.”John Cheim, Cheim and Read Gallery

“In its detailed revelations of Lee Krasner as a dynamic and complex woman, this memoir greatly expands our appreciation of a major force in American painting.”Tom Freudenheim, Former Assistant Secretary for Museums, Smithsonian Institution

"The story Appelhof tells is riveting...a window into the artist's intense and idiosyncratic personal life as well as into her contributions through the groundbreaking work she produced..." - Karen Fredericks, The Independent