WHAT? LEE KRASNER: LIVING COLOUR
WHERE? Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
WHEN? Now until 1st September, last few weeks so don’t miss out!
WHY GO? To confirm that Jackson Pollock’s wife was just as brilliant an artist but never got the fame she deserved in her lifetime . He over shadowed her even in death. This is the first major retrospective of her work in Europe and it’s a triumph at The Barbican, where the David Chipperfield team have designed the show to seamlessly flow in a modernist vein. If you haven’t already been, book NOW! From her early portraiture, to collages created by cutting into canvases in frustration, it’s the hypnotic large scale paintings that really have the WOW factor. Her colourful abstract style was exuberant to behold yet she was prone to gloomy interludes and was critical of her work . She died in 1984 but her legacy lives on as the pioneering female artist of the era.
IN THE KNOW? Catch a tantalising glimpse into the artist’s extraordinary life as told by author/art consultant Ruth Appelhof who has written a memoir, Lee and Me: An Intimate Portrait of Lee Krasner, recalling her stay in Long Island with the artist in 1974 (15th August, Barbican Frobisher Rooms).