The Art and Life of Lee Krasner

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Art historian Gail Levin talks about the life and art of Lee Krasner and her marriage to Jackson Pollock. Lee Krasner: A Biography examines how she struggled with poverty and her husband's alcoholism and extramarital affairs while encouraging his art, which she skillfully managed to market. Levin also looks at how Lee Krasner’s life influenced her own work as an artist.


Gail Levin

Comments [13]

Capper from NYC

@ art525 it's possible people can't see beyond their nose. nor see the underbelly.

Mar. 23 2011 01:34 PM
art525 from Park Slope

@Capper- Doesn't make it good. I think it's you who is missing the point.

Mar. 23 2011 01:27 PM
Capper from NYC

@art525 dogs playing poker might speak a lot louder and a lot longer to an individual than a Rembrandt would. I reiterate you miss the point.

Mar. 23 2011 01:22 PM
art525 from Park Slope

@Capper- I guess that precludes the need for the study of art history and the pantheon of art. If dogs playing poker speaks to you I guess it's a s good as Rembrandt.

Mar. 23 2011 01:17 PM
Capper from NYC

Art speaks, and when it speaks to the viewer being a good painter has nothing to do with it. @ art 525 you have completely missed the point.

Mar. 23 2011 01:15 PM
Capper from NYC

The bottom line.... Art has to speak and if it speaks to the viewer then a "very good painter " has nothing to do with it. You have completely missed the point.

Mar. 23 2011 01:12 PM
art525 from Park Slope

@ARPL65- I used to frequent the Janis Gallery on 57th street and I assure you that Sidney Janis was a man. Or at least he gave the appearance of being a man what with his suits and his balding palate.

Mar. 23 2011 01:10 PM
art525 from Park Slope

@Capper- I hate to break it to you but artists are judged all the time. That is the history of art. And if you were listening they did it in this interview. (Leonard asked Mz Levin if Igor was a good painter. She didn't respond that good is in the eye of the beholder). And don't kid yourself- Krasner, Pollack, and all the artists of that generation were big on judging other artists. They were quite backbiting at the Cedar Bar. And I reiterate- she wasn't a good artist. The work she is known for is very derivative of Pollack's pre drip paintings.

Mar. 23 2011 01:06 PM
RPL65 from Darien CT

Sidney Janis was a She, not a He....

Mar. 23 2011 01:04 PM
Capper from NYC

@ art525...who are you to say who is a very good painter. Really. A very good painter is in the eye of the beholder

Mar. 23 2011 12:54 PM
Xtina from E. Village

I can't listen to this guest, I had to turn it off. Maybe guests should be told to clear their throats before going on the air.

Mar. 23 2011 12:52 PM
Robert from NJ

The speaker referred to cooper union as all women, that is not true. It was coed early on, not sure of when exactly, but before that, it would have been male. Maybe her art classes were, but the college was not

Mar. 23 2011 12:52 PM
art525 from Park Slope

While this take on it might be that Krasner was overshadowed by Pollack she wouldn't have been known at all if she hadn't been married to Pollack. She wasn't a very good painter. As was the case with Elaine deKooning. And for that matter Jo Nivison Hopper.

Mar. 23 2011 12:50 PM

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