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Lee Krasner
Poem

1967

US$1,400

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An original lithograph on Mohawk Superfine Smooth paper by American artist Lee Krasner (1908-1984) titled "Poem", 1967. With centerfold as issued. Issued unsigned. Limited edition: 890/2,500, (numbered on colophon page). Comes from "In Memory of My Feelings: A Selection of Poems" by Frank O'Hara, an unbound book with approx. 46 original lithographs. Printed by Crafton Graphic Company, Inc. and published by The Museum of Modern Art both in New York, NY. Collaboration: Edward Katz (printing). Reference: "Lee Krasner" - Hobbs No. 64, page 143. Last photo of complete book is for reference/provenance; it is not included. Sheet size: 12" x 18". In excellent condition. Rare. This image Krasner contributed to "In Memory of My Feelings: A Selection of Poems" by Frank O'Hara, edited by Bill Berkson, for the Museum of Modern Art. The project was published in 1967 in memory of Frank O'Hara, poet and associate curator at the museum, who died in a tragic accident in 1966. Bill Berkson (with the assistance of Kenneth Koch and John Ashbery) selected the poems and (with advice from Robert Motherwell) asked the following artists to contribute: Nell Blaine, Norman Bluhm, Joe Branaird, John Buton, Giorgio Cavallon, Allan D'Arcangelo, Elaine de Kooning, Willem de Kooning, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, Michael Goldberg, Philip Guston, Grace Hartigan, Al Held, Jasper Johns, Matsumi Kanemitsu, Alex Katz, Lee Krasner, Alfred Leslie, Roy Lichtenstein, Marisol, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Reuben Nakian, Barnett Newman, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, and Jane Wilson. Each artist was given a copy of the text of the appropriate poem, in gallery-proof form with page layouts, along with a sheet of plastic, called Copyrite, on which to draw. The translucent plastic could be placed directly over the layout to execute the drawing. Plates were then made from the drawings on plastic. All of the drawings are now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. The book, which includes approximately 46 lithographs, in unbound, housed in off-white linen- and gray paper- covered boards inside an off-white linen-covered slipcase. Each of the 54 folios has printed on the front the folio number, artist's name, and title of the poem. The image is printed on the left side of the interior of the folio, with the poem text on the right. The book was designed by Susan Draper Tundisi. The folder and slipcase were fabricated by Russell-Rutter, Inc.. Lenore "Lee" Krasner (born Lena Krassner on October 27, 1908 – June 19, 1984) was an American abstract expressionist painter, with a strong speciality in collage, who was married to Jackson Pollock. Although there was much cross-pollination between their two styles, the relationship somewhat overshadowed her contribution for some time. Krasner’s training, influenced by George Bridgman and Hans Hofmann, was the more formalized, especially in the depiction of human anatomy, and this enriched Pollock’s more intuitive and unstructured output. Krasner is now seen as a key transitional figure within abstraction, who connected early-20th-century art with the new ideas of postwar America, and her work fetches high prices at auction. She is also one of the few female artists to have had a retrospective show at the Museum of Modern Art.

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