Gail Levin Lee Krasner: A Biography

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Lee Krasner: A Biography

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9780061845253: 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 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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Lee Krasner "Lee Krasner, best known as Jackson Pollock's wife, reveals a woman who was a firebrand and trailblazer for women's rights, who also led a fascinating life, and who is finally now being recognized as one of the 20th century's modernist masters"-- Full description

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Gail Levin's stunning new biography finally proves Krasner's relationship with Jackson Pollock was only a sliver of an enormously colorful life.... Levin's biography ensures that Lee Krasner will never again be known merely as "Mrs. Jackson Pollock.--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Thorough.... A biography worth celebrating."--East Hampton Star

"Levin deftly connects Krasner's biography to the social and political upheaval of the time. Her long experience in the art world gives insight into the landscape of 20th-century artists, art dealers and museums."--Kirkus Reviews

"Rigorous research, deep knowledge of art and cultural history, penetrating analysis and a flair for storytelling bring to life a fully formed Lee Krasner. Those who never knew her will wish they had, and those who did will be amazed."--Helen A. Harrison, Director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

"Gail Levin's biography of Lee Krasner beautifully evokes a period in American art that laid the groundwork for the women artists of today. Lee... contributed wonderful work but also encouraged a whole new generation of artists. She grew into true generativity. Bless her and her biographer!"--Erica Jong

"Written with unassuming grace. This rigorously researched, straightforward account attempts to set the record straight about Krasner....the artist could not have found a more gifted biographer to retell her story and argue her case.... [a] fascinating and absorbing biography."--Jewish Daily Forward

"Art historian Gail Levin's Lee Krasner is a quintuple whammy of a biography--the story of a major artist; a description of a notorious marriage; an education in 20th-century art; a gossipy immersion into Bohemian New York; and a settling of scores against those who practiced gender bias."--O, The Oprah Magazine

"Ms. Levin's perceptive, judicious book reveals Krasner as a fine, important painter....This is an insightful, sharply drawn portrait of 20th-century America from the vantage point of a creative woman swept up in a realm of remarkable artistic productivity."--Wall Street Journal

"Meticulous Lee Krasner celebrates Krasner's accomplishments as an artist, distinct from her famous husband. The book...gives voice to the indomitable but not invulnerable force of nature that was Lee Krasner . . . .Energetic, stubborn, seductive...Krasner comes memorably alive."--Dan's Papers (Hamptons)

"Art historian Levin befriended Krasner, starting when she was a grad student who interviewed the artist, and she gives Krasner a well-deserved full-fledged bio."--New York Post (Required Reading)

"Compelling. Art historian Gail Levin has drawn on her close association with Lee Krasner and extensive research to produce a biography that rings fair and true.--Los Angeles Times

"Levin...is now the first to tell Krasner's captivating story, writing with equal insight into her teperament, experiences, and art....A consummate scholar, marvelously lucid writer, and gracefully responsible biographer, Levin redresses glaring omissions in the history of abstract art in this imperative portrait of a formidable artist."--Booklist (starred review)

"It's about time someone set the record straight about artist Lee Krasner.... Absorbing.... Succinct... Invaluable.... A compelling biography that is as important an addition to the library of American art as any book on Pollock."--Chicago Sun-Times

"[B]iographer Gail Levin sets the record straight: Krasner was a fierce, fascinating and gifted artist... Lee Krasner adds more luster, meticulously tracing the artist's life."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"For the love of art....Art historian Gail Levin frames the extremely colorful life of Lee Krasner, major ass-kicking Abstract Expressionist and formidable genius in her own right, better known for boosting the career of her splashier-than-life husband, Jackson Pollock."--Vanity Fair

Ms. Levin s perceptive, judicious book reveals Krasner as a fine, important painter....This is an insightful, sharply drawn portrait of 20th-century America from the vantage point of a creative woman swept up in a realm of remarkable artistic productivity. --Wall Street Journal"

Art historian Gail Levin s Lee Krasner is a quintuple whammy of a biography the story of a major artist; a description of a notorious marriage; an education in 20th-century art; a gossipy immersion into Bohemian New York; and a settling of scores against those who practiced gender bias. --O, The Oprah Magazine"

Compelling. Art historian Gail Levin has drawn on her close association with Lee Krasner and extensive research to produce a biography that rings fair and true.--Los Angeles Times"

It s about time someone set the record straight about artist Lee Krasner.... Absorbing.... Succinct... Invaluable.... A compelling biography that is as important an addition to the library of American art as any book on Pollock. --Chicago Sun-Times"

For the love of art....Art historian Gail Levin frames the extremely colorful life of Lee Krasner, major ass-kicking Abstract Expressionist and formidable genius in her own right, better known for boosting the career of her splashier-than-life husband, Jackson Pollock. --Vanity Fair"

Art historian Levin befriended Krasner, starting when she was a grad student who interviewed the artist, and she gives Krasner a well-deserved full-fledged bio. --New York Post (Required Reading)"

Gail Levin s stunning new biography finally proves Krasner s relationship with Jackson Pollock was only a sliver of an enormously colorful life.... Levin s biography ensures that Lee Krasner will never again be known merely as Mrs. Jackson Pollock.--Minneapolis Star Tribune"

Thorough.... A biography worth celebrating. --East Hampton Star"

[B]iographer Gail Levin sets the record straight: Krasner was a fierce, fascinating and gifted artist... Lee Krasner adds more luster, meticulously tracing the artist s life. --Cleveland Plain Dealer"

Written with unassuming grace. This rigorously researched, straightforward account attempts to set the record straight about Krasner....the artist could not have found a more gifted biographer to retell her story and argue her case.... [a] fascinating and absorbing biography. --Jewish Daily Forward"

Meticulous Lee Krasner celebrates Krasner s accomplishments as an artist, distinct from her famous husband. The book...gives voice to the indomitable but not invulnerable force of nature that was Lee Krasner . . . .Energetic, stubborn, seductive...Krasner comes memorably alive. --Dan's Papers (Hamptons)"

Levin...is now the first to tell Krasner s captivating story, writing with equal insight into her teperament, experiences, and art....A consummate scholar, marvelously lucid writer, and gracefully responsible biographer, Levin redresses glaring omissions in the history of abstract art in this imperative portrait of a formidable artist. --Booklist (starred review)"

Levin deftly connects Krasner s biography to the social and political upheaval of the time. Her long experience in the art world gives insight into the landscape of 20th-century artists, art dealers and museums. --Kirkus Reviews"

Gail Levin s biography of Lee Krasner beautifully evokes a period in American art that laid the groundwork for the women artists of today. Lee... contributed wonderful work but also encouraged a whole new generation of artists. She grew into true generativity. Bless her and her biographer! --Erica Jong"

Rigorous research, deep knowledge of art and cultural history, penetrating analysis and a flair for storytelling bring to life a fully formed Lee Krasner. Those who never knew her will wish they had, and those who did will be amazed. --Helen A. Harrison, Director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center"

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