New York

“Krasner/Pollock: A Working Relationship”

Grey Art Gallery

The notion that esthetic life went into the ark two by two underlies and finally undermines this exhibition. “Krasner/Pollock: A Working Relationship” was organized by East Hampton’s Guild Hall for its 50th-anniversary celebration; Barbara Rose curated it and wrote the catalogue, which acts as prelude to a forthcoming book chronicling the personal and artistic events in the marriage of Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock. Covering the period from the early ’30s to Pollock’s death in 1956, the show provides entry to the New York School’s early history and to a complex, often turbulent, relationship. But through Rose’s writing and the tendentious hanging of works by pairs, it can also be seen as a personal vindication, aimed at redressing the notion that Krasner, as self-effacing helpmate to a famous husband, played a minor artistic role. Unfortunately, she doesn’t emerge from the comparison

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