Lee Krasner: Living Colour at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, September 18, 2020 – January 10, 2021

“Lee Krasner’s works are characterized by incessant reinvention and exploration throughout her entire career: from her early self-portraits and life drawings to her exuberant, monumental works from the early 1960s, along with her Little Images from the late 1940s and her groundbreaking collages from the 1950s. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Lee Krasner rejected the idea of a ‘signature image’ because she found it overly rigid; the artist worked in series and constantly sought new means of authentic expression. After the death of several of her loved ones in the 1950s and a period of mourning in which her works took on umber tones, Krasner allowed light and color to burst back into her works in the 1960s.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Lee Krasner: Living Color, a retrospective devoted to this New York artist who was a pioneer in Abstract Expressionism. The show brings together a broad range of pieces, some of them never before shown in Europe. In this exhibition the public will be able to see the incessant reinvention and exploration that characterizes the oeuvre of Lee Krasner (1908–1984) throughout the 50 years of her career: from her earliest self-portraits and life drawings to her exuberant, monumental works from the early 1960’s, along with her Little Images from the late 1940’s and her groundbreaking collages from the 1950’s.” — Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Lee Krasner, Self-Portrait, ca. 1928. Oil on canvas, 76.5 x 63.8 cm. The
Jewish Museum, New York. © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
Courtesy Jewish Museum, New York.
Lee Krasner, Shattered Color, 1947. Oil on canvas 53.3 × 66 cm. Guild Hall Museum,
East Hampton, New York © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
Lee Krasner, Mosaic Table, 1947. Mosaics and mixed mediums on wood.
Diameter 116.8 cm. Private collection © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York.
Lee Krasner, Composition, 1949. Oil on canvas, 96.7 x 70.6 cm. The
Philadelphia Museum of Art. © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
Lee Krasner, Bald Eagle, 1955. Oil, paper, and canvas collage
on linen, 195.6 x 130.8 cm. Collection of Audrey Irmas, Los
Angeles © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
Photo: Jonathan Urban.
Lee Krasner, Prophecy, 1956. Oil on cotton duck, 147.6
× 86.4 cm. Private collection © The Pollock-Krasner
Foundation. Courtesy Kasmin Gallery, New York.
Photo: Christopher Stach.
Lee Krasner, Polar Stampede, 1960. Oil on canvas, 243.8 x 412.4 cm. The Doris and Donald
Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
© The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Courtesy Kasmin Gallery, New York.
Lee Krasner, Combat, 1965. Oil on canvas 179 × 410.4 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Lee Krasner, Siren, 1966. Oil on canvas, 128.6 x 206.1 cm. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture
Garden, Washington DC © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
Photo: Cathy Carver, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Lee Krasner, Palingenesis, 1971. Oil on canvas 208.3 × 340.4 cm. Pollock-Krasner Foundation,
New York © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Courtesy Kasmin Gallery, New York.
Lee Krasner, Imperative, 1976. Oil, charcoal, and paper on canvas, 127 x
127 cm. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. © The Pollock-Krasner
Foundation. Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Irving Penn, Lee Krasner, Springs, NY, 1972 © The Irving Penn Foundation.

Lee Krasner: Living Colour was curated by Eleanor Nairne, Barbican Art Gallery, and Lucía Agirre, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. It was organized by the Barbican Centre of London in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

Images courtesy Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.