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Lee Krasner

1,800,000 - 2,500,000 USD
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  • Lee Krasner
  • Polar Stampede
  • signed and dated 60
  • oil on canvas
  • 94 x 160 1/4 in. 238.8 x 407 cm.


Howard Wise Gallery, New York
The Pace Gallery, New York
Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above


New York, Howard Wise Gallery, New Work by Lee Krasner, March 1962
London, Whitechapel Art Gallery; York, City Art Gallery; Hull, Ferens Art Gallery; Nottingham, Victoria Street Gallery; Manchester, City Art Gallery; Cardiff, Arts Council Gallery, Lee Krasner, Paintings, Drawings, and Collages, September 1965 - October 1966, cat. no. 42
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Lee Krasner: Large Paintings, November 1973 - January 1974, cat. no. 7, p. 24, illustrated
New York, The Pace Gallery, Lee Krasner Paintings 1959 - 1962, February - March 1979, illustrated
Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts; San Francisco, Museum of Modern Art; Norfolk, Chrysler Museum; Phoenix, Phoenix Art Museum, Lee Krasner: The Education of an Artist, November 1983 - October 1984, fig. 118, p. 123, illustrated in color
New York, Robert Miller Gallery, Umber Paintings 1959-1962, January 1993, cat. no. 3, fig. 16, illustrated in color


Cindy Nemser, "A Conversation with Lee Krasner," Arts Magazine, April 1973, p. 47
Cindy Nemser, Art Talk: Conversations with 12 Women Artists, New York, 1975, p. 111, illustrated
Barbara Cavaliere, "Lee Krasner," Arts Magazine, 1979, p. 24
Patricia C. Johnson, "The First Major Look at Lee Krasner's Life Work," Houston Chronicle, Nov. 6, 1983, p. 20
Kathleen Paradiso, "Lee Krasner: A Retrospective," Women's Art News, Spring 1985, p. 10
David A. Lauer, Design Basics, New York, 1990
Exh. Cat., New York, Robert Miller Gallery, Lee Krasner Collages, 1986
Exh. Cat., Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Individuals: A Selected History of Contemporary Art, 1945 - 1986, December 1986 - January 1988, p. 46
Exh. Cat., New York, Robert Miller Gallery, Lee Krasner Paintings from 1965 - 1970, 1991
Michael Kimmelman, "Art in Review: Lee Krasner 'Umber Paintings 1959 - 1962,'" New York Times, Jan. 15, 1993, p. C22
John Ash, "Lee Krasner," Artforum, May 1993, p. 103
Robert Hobbs, Lee Krasner, New York, 1993, fig. 64, p. 77, illustrated in color
Anne M. Wagner, "Fictions: Krasner's Presence, Pollock's Absence," Significant Others: Creativity and Intimate Partnership, London, 1993, p. 237, illustrated 
Ellen G. Landau, Lee Krasner: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1995, cat. no. 354, p. 189, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

Lee Krasner's Polar Stampede, a visual maelstrom of epic and lyrical proportions, was painted in 1961, a year in which by many accounts, her art enjoyed a compelling and significant rebirth. Emerging into the decade with focus and creative energy, the canvases she painted in these years seem to unveil the tempestuous aggression bottled within, and the end result was visual and emotional catharsis. Polar Stampede debuted to the public at Krasner's 1962 exhibition at the Howard Wise Gallery. During a 1977 conversation with the poet Richard Howard, she discussed the utmost significance of the body of work exhibited at the Wise Gallery in 1960 and 1962. "My painting is so biographical if anyone can take the trouble to read it." (Ellen G. Landau, Lee Krasner: a Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1995, p. 182) The wonderful juxtaposition of umber, cream and white are delineated by the confident but chaotic gestures that slash across the canvas, rendering Polar Stampede an undeniably forceful and beautiful expression of emotive weight and candor.