Lee Krasner

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

There should be no doubt that the body of Lee Krasner’s work deserves public notice and thorough critical examination. A Krasner retrospective has been long due; she is, after all, a veteran painter of fifty years. But whether she and her work embody the significance curator Barbara Rose claims, or whether Rose’s representation of Krasner is an excessively reified construction, is open to question.

Rose assembled a major exhibition containing 120 paintings and works on paper; a smaller, highly didactic, ancillary exhibition which traced Krasner’s educational development; a 30-minute film comprised of interviews with Krasner and visits to her studio; and a 184-page glossy catalogue cosponsored by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In terms of volume alone, the show unmistakably announced that Krasner should be included prominently in the history of the Abstract Expressionist movement

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