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Lee Krasner

400,000 - 500,000 USD
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  • Lee Krasner
  • Twelve Hour Crossing, March Twenty-First
  • signed and dated 81 on the reverse

  • oil with printed and painted paper collage on canvas
  • 67 1/2 x 75 1/4 in. 171.5 x 191.1 cm.
  • Executed circa 1971-1981.


The Pace Gallery, New York
James A. Patterson, Louisville
Rothschild Fine Arts, New York
Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above in October 1986


New York, The Pace Gallery, Lee Krasner/Solstice, March-April 1981
Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts; San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Art; Norfolk, Chrysler Museum; Phoenix Art Museum, Lee Krasner: A Retrospective, November 1983 - February 1985, p. 6, illustrated in color
New York, Robert Miller Gallery, Lee Krasner Collages 1939 - 1984, October – November 1986, n.p., illustrated in color


Arts Magazine, April 1981, p. 37, illustrated
Gene Baro, "New York Letter," Art International, August - September 1981, p. 124, illustrated
Carter Ratcliff, "Lee Krasner at Pace," Art in America, October 1981, p. 139, illustrated (incorrect orientation)
John Russell, "It's Not Women's Art, It's Good Art," New York Times, July 24, 1983, sect. 2, p. 1, illustrated
Amei Wallach, "Krasner's Triumph," Vogue, November 1983, p. 501
Thomas Albright, "Krasner: Energy Rather than Power," Review, February 1984, p. 13
John Bernard Myers, "Naming Pictures: Conversations Between Lee Krasner and John Bernard Myers," Art Forum, November 1984, p. 73, illustrated in color
Ellen G. Landau, Lee Krasner: a Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1995, CR no. 595, p. 296, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

Twelve Hour Crossing, March Twenty-first, circa 1971 – 1981 is a stunning example of Krasner's significant contribution to the development of collage, the medium that was an inventive catalyst for Modernism and Abstract Expressionism. Krasner began working this medium in the 1950s, culminating with her 1955 show at the Stable Gallery in New York.  She enjoyed the freedom provided by the random juxtapositions in which she found striking new combinations of dissonant color and shapes.

For decades, Krasner recycled fragments of her work into appliquéd sections of subsequent canvases; in this case, both former paintings on paper and pieces from the lithograph Gold Stone. She also returned to former styles and the present work, with its pink and tumbling floral shapes, is aesthetically similar to work from the 1950s. However, the hard edged, splintered collage and bright colors of Twelve Hour Crossing, March Twenty-first are specific to the artist's work of the late 1970s. Understanding Krasner's self-referential style can be explained in her own words.  ``.... All my work keeps going like a pendulum; it seems to swing back to something I was involved with earlier, or it moves between horizontality and verticality, circularity, or a composite of them.  For me, I suppose that change is the only constant." (Robert Hobbs, Lee Krasner, New York, 1993, p.73)