When Lee Krasner Harnessed the Power of the Sun on Canvas

New York | 14 November

The established narrative of art history—especially the story of the abstract expressionist movement—often omits the significant contributions made by women. But in this episode of Expert Voices, reconsider that narrative with Author and Journalist Mary Gabriel as she explores the life of Lee Krasner through the artist’s monumental painting Sun Woman I. Executed in 1957, a year after the death of her husband Jackson Pollock, Sun Woman I is one of the largest and most important paintings from Krasner’s celebrated Earth Green series. The masterpiece’s bright hues and looping lines rejoice in femininity, challenging the prevailing machismo of the age. The series is widely considered as the pivotal moment of her career, and even the notoriously competitive Willem de Kooning recognized that Krasner had “truly arrived” upon viewing her work. Sun Woman I, included in Krasner’s groundbreaking 1983-85 travelling retrospective, will be offered as a highlight of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction. (14 November | New York)

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