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Lee Krasner

The Pace Gallery | 508 W 25th Street

Lee Krasner’s new collages suggest a concern with time both in conception and execution. The titles of the works are the temporal forms of verbs—Past Perfect Subjunctive, Present Conditional, Past Continuous, and so on. The collages are composed of charcoal drawings from 1937–40 when she studied with Hans Hofmann, accidental rubbings reflecting the untreated drawings on opposite clean sheets, and painted paper, fragmented and poignantly arranged in a general grid patterning recalling the “Small Paintings” hieroglyph series of 1946–50.

Past Continuous is comprised of three panels broken up into basically rectangular sections, though there is some overlap into curvilinear form. In the central panel a black vertical column dominates, with its left edge extending into two pointed “limbs” at top and middle—the middle extension like a razoring scythe. The quadrants alternate between bare, sized

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