Lee Krasner: A Biography

Lee Krasner: A Biography

by Gail Levin
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Lee Krasner: A Biography by Gail Levin

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 and trailblazer for women’s rights as well as an exceptional artist who led a truly fascinating life.

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ISBN-13: 9780061845277
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 820,779
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Gail Levin is the author of Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography, Becoming Judy Chicago, and many other books on twentieth-century and contemporary art. She is Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women's Studies at the Graduate Center and Baruch College of the City University of New York.

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Lee Krasner 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
hcsHS More than 1 year ago
I read this book and loved it because its the true story of a very important woman artist who remained dedicated to her work throughout her life, committed to seeing her vision realized despite male chauvenist critics and dealers. Times have changed but not nearly enough as Krasner's story still happens to women artists in our times: Ironically, the only mixed review have read anywhere of Levin's biography is by a man. Levin provides the facts as well as Krasner's personal insights in her own words: removing any doubts that Krasner deserves to be recognized as a first generation abstract expressionist. The reader is left wondering why Krasner's work is left out of histories about this artistic movement: leaving no doubt the only reason is that she was a woman. Gail Levin tells this story in a way that makes this book a compelling read. She is a careful and thorough scholar, writes a richly textured story that Krasner would have appreciated.
PPSS More than 1 year ago
Levin combines a look at social issues with the story of a real person. She also gives us an insightful glimpse into the art world of the early and mid twentieth century. Perfect for my book club!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book about Jackson Pollack wife and the trials and tribulations she endured for the sake of his career.A accomplished abstract artist in her own right never given much acclaim for her contributions to the New York School Era
JohnDaly55 More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book after reading a wonderful biography by the author on Judy Chicago. I have to say that Gail Levin has outdone herself with Lee Krasner. Her storytelling is rich and her research is superb. I especially liked how close the author was with her subject-- their relationship adds a richness and added dimension to the story that makes the book very intimate and enjoyable. Highly recommended!
KevinWhitfield More than 1 year ago
I loved this biography of a gutsy artist who was politically active, especially the tales of her adventures during the 1930s. I had not known that much about her beyond the film Pollock and seeing her paintings in some museums, but she had a fascinating life that informed her art work. This is a lively well-written book with many characters who almost seem to come out of a novel, though it is carefully documented and convincing.
Art_Teacher More than 1 year ago
Lee Krasner- an artist in her own right, not just a wife! Levin skillfully provides insight and understanding of what this role was like during a time period when women were not only expected to take a "back seat" but did not receive the recognition they deserved. Krasner brought to life by Levin is an "excellent read!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this biography of a great woman artist who deserves to be better known. You can find out a lot about the art world and the problems women artists had to overcome. Krasner was a fascinating figure. From her youth in Brooklyn to her struggles in art school, she was just unstoppable!
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