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Lee Krasner’s Umber Paintings at Paul Kasmin Gallery

From November 9 through January 13, Paul Kasmin Gallery, 293 Tenth Avenue in Chelsea, will present “Lee Krasner: The Umber Paintings, 1959-1962.” The series consists of twenty-four paintings, eight of which are held in major institutional collections. Also known as Krasner’s “Night Journeys,” they represent a transitional period in her development, during which she was suffering from insomnia. Painting at night under artificial light, she limited her palette to earth tones, applied with dynamic brushstrokes. Working in the barn studio that had been Pollock’s, she was able for the first time to paint mural-size canvases, such as The Eye is the First Circle. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with an essay by art historian Dr. David Anfam, a leading authority on Abstract Expressionism.

eye is the first circle

Lee Krasner, The Eye is the First Circle, 1960. Oil on canvas, 92 7/8 × 191 7/8 in.
© The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Jackson Pollock's Mural at the National Gallery of Art

Pollock's largest painting, which has been traveling for several years, has come to rest at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and will stay for nearly a year. Commissioned in 1943 by Peggy Guggenheim, Pollock's dealer and patron, and originally installed in her Manhattan town house, the portable mural was donated to the University of Iowa in 1951. After the university's art museum flooded in 2008, the painting was exhibited in other museums and underwent a two-year conservation treatment by the Getty Conservation Institute. One of the great masterpieces of 20th century abstract painting, it will remain at the NGA through October 2018 while planning for a new University of Iowa Art Museum continues.

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Jackson Pollock, Mural, 1943, oil and casein on canvas, 95 5/8 x 237 3/4 in.
© The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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