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Lee Krasner, Hans Hofmann and the Role of Drawing in Modernism

Lee Krasner, Hans Hofmann and the Role of Drawing in Modernism
Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
Ellen G. Landau
Lee Krasner, Hans Hofmann and the Role of Drawing in Modernism
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The discovery in 2018 of sixteen unknown figural sketches created by Lee Krasner at the Hans Hofmann School of Art in 1937-40 presents a perfect opportunity to reconsider the importance of her now-famous charcoal drawings from this so-called student period. Stored for decades in an overlooked portfolio, this well-preserved group of works reconfirms how Krasner's experience of drawing from the model—a seemingly traditional activity—actually played a radical role in her learning process and ultimate development as an artist.

Ellen G. Landau is an independent art historian and curator. Her important publications include an award-winning monograph, Jackson Pollock (1989); Lee Krasner: A Catalogue Raisonné (1995); Reading Abstract Expressionism: Context and Critique (2005); and Mexico and American Modernism (2013). Her most recent essay is in the Kasmin Gallery catalog for "Lee Krasner Charcoals," exhibited at Art Basel in 2021.
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