Lee Krasner Hobbs, Robert

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New York : Independent Curators International in association with Harry N. Abrams, ?1999. Hardcover. 224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm. In very good condition with original dust jacket, firm binding, clean pages and free of markings. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: With more than 100 illustrations -- approximately 48 in full color -- this innovative series offers a fresh look at the most creative and influential artists of the postwar era. Modern Masters form a perfect reference set for home, school, or library. Each handsomely designed volume presents:

- A thorough survey of the artist's life and work

- Statements by the artist

- An illustrated chapter on technique

- Chronology

- Lists of exhibitions and public collections

- Annotated bibliography

- Index

Review: At nearly every stage of her 15-year marriage to the universally recognized Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner was quicker to respond to stylistic innovations in the art world than her husband. Pollock either didn't catch on to the art-world developments that surrounded him or incorporated changes much later than Krasner did. Some critics read Krasner's dynamic painting style as evidence of her superiority as an artist, but others saw her porousness as a problem, and Pollock's comparative insularity as one key to his uniqueness. In Lee Krasner, Robert Hobbs gracefully analyzes the many forces--of personality, education, and cultural and political milieu--that shaped Krasner's 60-year devotion to art; in the process, he elucidates the many reasons her "artistically constructed self remains provisional."

B.H. Friedman, Pollock's first biographer, introduces the book with a gripping series of intimate, you-are-there diary entries from the long years of his friendship with the two artists. Then Hobbs weaves biography and critical interpretation to develop the main text of the book. The reproductions of Krasner's drawings and paintings (97 in color) are excellent, giving a fair picture of her long career, and there are more than a score of black-and-white archival photos of Krasner and the other early abstract expressionists. The book has a few odd omissions though, such as any reference to Mark Tobey, whose "white writing" paintings and others are so closely related stylistically to Krasner's work of the 1940s. Still, this is the respectful but objective book Krasner's vigorous work and forceful personality deserve. It sheds sympathetic light on her lifelong, intellectually rigorous, artistic questing. --Peggy Moorman

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Book Description Independent Curators International / Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1999. Hardcover. Slate-gray cloth, black & color illus. dust jacket, 224 pp., 93 color illus., 33 BW illus. Issued in conjunction with 1999-2001 exhibitions featuring works by American abstract expressionist Lee Krasner (1908-1984): "the only critically recognized woman artist among the founders of the New York school of painting after World War II." (dj) With essays by B. H. Friedman and Robert Hobbs. "The book breaks new ground not only in expounding the meanings of her work, but also in examining her dialogue with a wide range of artistic, literary, and cultural voices, including those of fellow artists Jackson Pollock (her husband), Hand Hofmann, and Willem de Kooning, and of critic Harold Rosenberg." (dj). VG (Ex-gallery, with stamp and a few marks, pages lightly tanning at edges, otherwise very nice indeed.). Bookseller Inventory # 137117

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