This is the first retrospective in Europe for over 50 years of American artist Lee Krasner (1908-1984), one of the pioneers of Abstract Expressionism.
Krasner made work reflecting the feeling of possibility and experiment in New York in the post-war period. The exhibition features nearly 100 works – many on show in the UK for the first time – from across her 50-year career, and tells the story of a formidable artist whose importance has often been eclipsed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock.
The exhibition celebrates Krasner’s spirit for invention – including striking early self-portraits; a body of energetic charcoal life drawings; original photographs of her proposed department store window displays, designed during the war effort; and her acclaimed Little Image paintings from the 1940s with their tightly controlled geometries.
It also features collages comprised of torn-up earlier work and a selection of her most impressive large-scale abstract paintings. This work is accompanied by rare photography and film from the period, in an elegant exhibition design by David Chipperfield Architects.
This exhibition is supported by a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grant.
The Barbican is offering a special 50% off entry to visitors with a National Art Pass.