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Oral history interview with Lee Krasner, 1972

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Interviewee:
Krasner, Lee, 1908-1984
Interviewer:
Holmes, Doloris
Subject:
De Kooning, Willem
Graham, John D. (John Dabrowsky)
Hofmann, Hans
Newman, Barnett
Parsons, Betty
Pollock, Jackson
Rothko, Mark
Club (New York, N.Y.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
Transcript: 10 pages
Access Note / Rights:
Patrons must use transcript.
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
Interview of Lee Krasner conducted in 1972, by Doloris Holmes, for the Archives of American Art "Art World in Turmoil" oral history project.
This interview was conducted with the intention of documenting the Protest Art movement of the 1970's. In this interview, Krasner speaks of her dismay with the lack of recognition that many professional female artists receive; her resistence to joining the Club and the Irascible Eighteen; her experiences with getting exposure as a female artist; her relationship and respect for John Graham; the interest of Betty Parsons in Krasner's work; the mixed compliments received from Hofmann; her relationship with Newman; Her objection to de Kooning's "Woman" series; the Freudian aspect of Abstract Expressionism; the authoritarian/autocratic image of Rothko and Newman; the sexually biased role of the female within the Jewish Faith; the impossibility of separating content and aesthetic value; her female influence upon Pollock; her role in exposing Pollock to Matisse; her ability to network for Pollock (Herbert and Mercedes Matter, Sandy Calder, James Johnson, Sweeney, Hofmann); her ambiguity as to whether she has had the tradition female artist experience due to her association with Pollock.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Lee Krasner, 1972. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Location of Originals:
Location of original tape unknown.
Biography Note:
Lee Krasner (1908-1984) was a painter in Easthampton, New York and married to Jackson Pollock.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Abstract expressionism
Art, American
Interviews
Jewish artists
Painters
Women artists
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12037
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214196
AAA_collcode_krasne72
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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