An Introduction to Abstract Expressionism - Now Featuring Lee Krasner

Lee Krasner painting
12 Jul 2019
5 min watch

In our brief history of the Abstract Expressionist movement, we write Lee Krasner back in to art history and explore how the turbulence of New York in the 1940s led to the vibrant and energetic art movement that put New York at the centre of the art world. 

Abstract Expressionism is a post-World War II art movement, developed in New York around the 1940s. It was the first American movement to achieve international influence and put New York City at the centre of the western art world, a title usually given to Paris.

While you might not be familiar with the history of abstract expressionism, the names might ring some bells – Pollock, De Kooning, Rothko – but how about Lee Krasner?

For too long Krasner’s place in art history has been defined as being ‘Jackson Pollock’s wife’ but here, we write her back in to history as a formidable artist in her own right and see how the turbulent events of New York in the 1940s shaped this vibrant art movement, and Krasner’s career.

Directed by Fabia Martin