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By Lauren Epstein | July 12, 2016 | Culture
A new children's book from the Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center brings artist Lee Krasner out of her husband's shadow.
Many of Jackson Pollock’s masterpieces were created at his studio in Springs, which is open to visitors.
A pioneer of the Abstract Expressionist movement, Jackson Pollock produced many of his legendary works in a barn-turned-studio in Springs, a hamlet of East Hampton, where visitors today can see his creative process all over the paint- spattered studio floor. But on the walls, remnants of a distinctly different body of work remain. After Pollock’s death in 1956, his wife, fellow abstract artist Lee Krasner, used the studio for her own work, attaching canvases to the walls and filling them with energetic movement and vivid colors. A dynamic figure in her own right, Krasner has been overshadowed by her husband in life and death—until now. This summer the Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center is publishing Lee Krasner: An Artist’s Life, a children’s book that incorporates coloring pages alongside stories of Krasner’s life in Springs, told through photographs and examples of her art. “There are many kids’ books about Pollock, but none about Krasner,” says Ruby Jackson, who illustrated the book (her husband, Allan Kronzek, wrote it). “I wanted to reach a new generation and tell them about this strong, talented woman. I’m hoping it inspires people to create art.” Lee Krasner: An Artist’s Life is available at the Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center, 830 Springs-Fireplace Rd., East Hampton, 324-4929
Photography by Martha Holmes/The Life Picture CollectIon/Getty Images (Pollock).
DrawIng by Ruby Jackson (Inside Page). Lee Krasner in her studIo, ca. 1939.
Photograph by MaurIce Berezov © a.e. artworks llc. Lee Krasner, towards one, 1967. oIl on canvas, 68 1/2 x 75 Inches. Indianapolis Museum of Art. © the Pollock-Krasner FoundatIon/ArtIsts Rights SocIety (ARS), New York (cover)