Lee Krasner: A Biography

Lee Krasner A Biography Perhaps best known as the long suffering wife of Jackson Pollock Lee Krasner is now finally being recognized as one of the th century s modernist masters In Lee Krasner author Gail Levin gives u

  • Title: Lee Krasner: A Biography
  • Author: Gail Levin
  • ISBN: 9780061845253
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Perhaps best known as the long suffering wife of Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner is now, finally, being recognized as one of the 20th century s modernist masters In Lee Krasner, author Gail Levin gives us an engrossing biography of the painter so memorably portrayed in the movie Pollack by actor Marcia Gay Harden, who won an Academy Award for her performance a firebrand andPerhaps best known as the long suffering wife of Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner is now, finally, being recognized as one of the 20th century s modernist masters In Lee Krasner, author Gail Levin gives us an engrossing biography of the painter so memorably portrayed in the movie Pollack by actor Marcia Gay Harden, who won an Academy Award for her performance a firebrand and trailblazer for women s rights as well as an exceptional artist who led a truly fascinating life.

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    1. Heather

      I enjoyed learning about Lee Krasner but thought this biography could have been about 100 pages shorter. Really well researched by the author, who apparently knew Krasner in her later years, maybe she needed to take a step back from her subject and realize that not every detail is important. Oh, and the repetitiveness of certain facts: Krasner and de Kooning did not get along, the Harold Rosenberg/ Clement Greenberg critic faceoff, Lee Krasner was painting abstractly before she met Pollock, she [...]

    2. Jonathan Lopez

      Shortly before World War I, Marie-Hortense C├ęzanne, widow of the painter Paul, spent a weekend in Monaco as the guest of an art dealer. He granted her unlimited credit at the casino, and after losing at the gaming tables, she had to cede him a cache of her husband's best watercolors to settle accounts. The heirs of a great artist must learn to swim with sharks.Not such easy prey, however, was Jackson Pollock's widow, the tough-minded painter Lee Krasner. Aware that Pollock's legacy was potentia [...]

    3. Louise

      This volume is a long over due recognition of a great American artist. Ironically as author Gail Levin points out, this artist, so instrumental in creating an American art saw art as a universal, not a national, endeavor. Similarly, she felt the same about gender; there should be no "female painters" or "lady's shows". Because her life and art are testaments to her beliefs, the book is understandably celebratory.Lena Krasner was not a child to accept gender discrimination. She resented segregati [...]

    4. Mythili

      The Brooklyn-born daughter of Jewish immigrants from Russia, by the time Lena Krasner was thirteen, she knew she wanted to be a painter. She studied art at Cooper Union and the National Academy of Design, worked as a nude model and waitress, enrolled in teaching classes at City College, and, during the Great Depression, took WPA jobs (one involved drawing fossils for a geology textbook). An early abstract impressionist, Krasner was already peers with artists like Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning [...]

    5. Loel

      Overshadowed by her husband Jackson Pollock, Krasner was a wonderful artist in her own right. This bio tells her story well, and with it a woman's view of the macho abstract expressionist movement. So many bios turn out dry as dirt, filled with long lists of dates and people that make me doze off. This one has its share, but not to a burdensome degree, and the drama of Krasner's life takes the lead.

    6. Linda Edquist

      I will say Levin is thorough but it does get somewhat boring with all of her "list's" of who's who at what opening - school etc in the first half of the book. Then is gets bogged down with Pollock which I guess is natural. The book really takes off after the death of Pollock. It is then that I feel I finally got into the person Lee Krasner really was. I would recommend plugging through because the outline of the abstract expressionist movement can be found in the Krasner life story.

    7. Susan Weinberg

      Slogged through this book for an arts book club. It was like reading a 700 page research paper that needed a good editor. While the topic was an interesting one, the book was slow going because of the author's focus on unnecessary minutiae. I felt that I learned about Krasner and the Abstract Expressionists, but some editing would have made it a more pleasurable read.

    8. Emily

      The artist daughter of immigrant Jews, Lee Krasner balked at the notion of a purely "American" art. She was smart, tough, sophisticated, and vulnerable, every bit the match for her difficult husband, Jackson Pollock, and the critics who fought for his favors. This bio captures the mental toughness and critical eye that helped Krasner navigate the macho world of Expressionism.

    9. Kathleen

      I do not like this book. It's a string of facts with no soul. Lee Krasner remains unknown to me. The one good thing is that color reproductions of her art are included. I read the Ebook, so didn't discover this until.i came upon the pages, toward the end. Thumbing through a paper book would have shown me the art right away. OK, so there is a heart to the book. Her art.

    10. Stephanie

      This was a fabulous biography. I know understand who Lee Krasner was and what drove her life as an artist and as a wife to the tormented "genius," Jackson Pollock. Levin also does a great job at capturing the times with her many details about the artists that crossed paths with Krasner.

    11. Adarsh

      I loved this book. it was right up my alley with lots of details about Krasner and her struggles against the chauvinism amongst other painters in her day. Also gave interesting details of the first generation Abstarct Expressionist painters and their interactions.

    12. Kate

      I was really looking forward to this, I enjoy Lee Krasner and the discussion of women in art, but it was just poorly written and the research seemed bias with holes in it. Justd, bad biography writing.

    13. Theresa

      So excited to find this book with such excellent reviews. But it is nothing more than one fact after another. Unreadable.

    14. Constance

      I award Lee Krasner 5 stars. The book only two stars. I wanted to give up the last 150 pages, but as I always sayI owe it to the book to finish it. In this case I owe it to Ms Krasner to finish it.The author might have cut this down to an easy 300 pages. The mentioned people continued to multiply with every page. One needed a flow chart to keep up. I appreciate the research that went into this biography, however I felt Ms Levin just wanted to "hear" herself talk with her writing.There were 2 may [...]

    15. Richard Sanford

      In a year full of really strong artist bios - Alice Neel and Modigliani come immediately to mind - this took the cake for me (so far). An artist I already liked and a milieu I already dig but brought more to life than any other book about the period I've read and clearly written by someone with an aesthetic background and a real interest in the shifting social-political atmosphere that informed the art and the business decisions.

    16. janicec100

      This was a pretty interesting book. Lee Krasner was an incredible artist in her own right but the book implies that female artists had a harder time establishing themselves. To me, however, I got the impression that she had a difficult personality which probably also added to some of her roadblocks. I probably read this book to get another insight into her husband, Jackson Pollack and the book did give some more info about their marriage.

    17. Teri

      i liked this alott enough about women artists in general and it really made clear to me that Lee was an established artist before Pollack. I really got a feel for life in art circles in NYC before the big birth of abstract expressionsim. Really filled a void for me. She was out there with really no role models as to how to survive in the art world.

    18. Carol Rodi

      A very detail account of her life in general from growing up, becoming an artist, then the wife of Jackson Pollock, and then on, after his death. Lots of dates, names, and galleries. A strong woman in every way, as well as a gifted artist in her own right. This will be one of my remains on my shelf to dip in and out of at will.

    19. Bill

      This book places Lee Krasner as her own artist and her own person instead of as the widow of Jackson Pollack. It is very well written and very readable and if you have any interest in 20th century American art this book is required reading.

    20. Laurel

      I love biographies of artists. This one was very good. It gave the historical background necessary to understand Krasner's character and work. I perceived a secular feminist agenda in Levin, but it did not overpower the book.

    21. Marcia

      I was interested, because I am interested in Lee Krasner, but this was nowhere near the fascinating book about Pollack that I read a few years ago. Too bad, because she was quite the woman and quite the artist. I would love to see a retrospective of her work!

    22. Danielle

      Will have to read this later as it has to go back to the library unfinished--enjoyed what little I read, however.

    23. Marsmannix

      Really good story of the genius woman who set her life aside for her husband Jackson Pollack.Everyone should read this.

    24. Veronica

      I admire Lee Krasner. This author didn't do it for me, though I do feel that my life has been enriched by learning more about Krasner and the abstract expressionists. 3.5 stars.

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