Lee Krasner: A Biography

Biography in Progress:

Among Those Gail Levin Spoke to

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Lee Krasner & Gail Levin
Summer, 1977
East Hampton

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“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 )

“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 )

“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 )

“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 )

“[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 )

“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) )

“Thorough.... A biography worth celebrating.” (East Hampton Star )

“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 )

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 )

“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 )

ˇ§Levinˇ¦s detailed portrait . . . frames Krasner in such a way that itˇ¦s difficult to ever feel anything but great empathy for this woman who aspired to find the great, elusive sublime in her life and work.ˇ¨ (Buffalo News)

“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) )

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“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 )

In Lee Krasner: A Biography, Gail Levin presents Krasner as a smart, dynamic, and sexy woman focused on making art while experiencing the life of a New York artist during the exciting years of the mid-twentieth century. Scrupulously researched, Levin's gripping biography seamlessly weaves together the voices of Krasner herself and of other artists and critics. Levin's gift for lucid formal analyses and her historian's skill for placing Krasner's art within this historical context make for a compelling read. (Patricia Hills, Boston University, author of Modern Art in the USA: Issues and Controversies of the 20th Century)

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