Press Release

Lee Krasner. Living Color

  • Dates: September 18, 2020 – January 10, 2021
  • Curators: Eleanor Nairne, Barbican Art Gallery, and Lucía Agirre, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
  • Exhibition organized by the Barbican Centre of London in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

Lee Krasner’s works are characterized by incessant reinvention and exploration throughout her entire career: from her early self-portraits and life drawings to her exuberant, monumental works from the early 1960s, along with her Little Images from the late 1940s and her groundbreaking collages from the 1950s.

Unlike many of her contemporaries, Lee Krasner rejected the idea of a “signature image” because she found it overly rigid; the artist worked in series and constantly sought new means of authentic expression.

After the death of several of her loved ones in the 1950s and a period of mourning in which her works took on umber tones, Krasner allowed light and color to burst back into her works in the 1960s.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is presenting Lee Krasner. Living Color, a retrospective devoted to this New York artist who was a pioneer in Abstract Expressionism. The show brings together a broad range of pieces, some of them never before shown in Europe. In this exhibition, the public will be able to see the incessant reinvention and exploration that characterizes the oeuvre of Lee Krasner (1908–1984) throughout the 50 years of her career: from her earliest self-portraits and life drawings to her exuberant, monumental works from the early 1960’s, along with her Little Images from the late 1940’s and her groundbreaking collages from the 1950’s.

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