Lee Krasner

The first visit by members of the Exhibitions & Galleries Group to the Barbican Centre. We were impressed by the work of Lee Krasner, wife of Jackson Pollock, which ranged from awe inspiring huge paintings to detailed small ones; were amused by her use of torn up pieces of earlier work to make collages; and coveted the glorious mosaic coffee table made from an old waggon wheel. We were impressed also by Lee Krasner’s courage and perseverance in becoming and remaining an artist in a world unready to accept women in that role – epitomised by the comment on her work of a (need I say male?) teacher – “It’s so good that you wouldn’t know it was painted by a woman.” The visit culminated in the usual chat, not all about art, in one of the Barbican’s several cafés.

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