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Transcendental Materialism: Lee Krasner

Medium as material and material as weight. A weight that is the collective thrust of the intellect deciphered and abstracted in paint. Lee Krasner is one of the few women ever given the prestige of a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Her large canvases travelled through intensive color and line shifts; centered by her abstracted highly forceful strokes, truly a legend in line quality. An entire emotive state can be found in the weight of her brush strokes. 

Krasner was infamous for her highly critical nature and she often cut up her own work to construct new works or destroyed works in a dissatisfied huff. Leaving her oeuvre at six hundred pieces, making her accomplishment even more extreme. 

The longtime partner of Jackson Pollock, she was often overshadowed and compared to his own abstracted art, but their own visual languages are easily distinguishable and of significant difference. We feel a strengthened lull in her heavy washes and command of her canvas. The partner of an equal master but singularly her own.

Images courtesy of Lee Krasner
Words by Brit Parks

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