Lee Krasner

Living Colour

Opening times
Lee Krasner

Lee Krasner is a key figure in American art, whose energetic works reflect the spirit of possibility in post-war New York.

'I like a canvas to breathe and be alive. Be alive is the point.' 

This exhibition celebrates the work and life of Lee Krasner (1908–1984), a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism. The first major presentation of her work in Europe for more than 50 years, Lee Krasner: Living Colour tells the story of a formidable artist, whose importance has too often been eclipsed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock.

Discover Krasner’s spirit for invention – from striking early self-portraits to her acclaimed ‘Little Image’ paintings from the 1940s, from collages comprised of torn-up earlier work to a selection of her most impressive large-scale abstract paintings. Explore nearly 100 works, many of which are being presented for the first time in the UK.

The exhibition is also made possible with support from Kasmin Gallery, Elizabeth and J. Jeffry Louis, and a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Research Grant from the Art Fund.

Supported by

Terra Foundation

Pollock-Krasner Foundation


Including Bank Holidays (Mon 26 Aug)

Membership Plus
Unlimited free entry + guest

Unlimited free entry

Corporate Membership
Unlimited free entry + guest

Subject to availability

Become a Member from £54

Mon – Fri

Sat & Sun

Subject to availablility

14–25? Join Young Barbican for free

Weekdays (Mon – Fri)
Unwaged: £11
Students: £11
Over 60s: £13
Young Person 14-17: £11
Art Fund Members: £11
Art Fund Guest: £12.50

Weekends (Sat & Sun)

Unwaged: £12
Students: £12
Over 60s: £15
Young Person 14-17: £12
Art Fund Members: £12.50
Art Fund Guest: £12.50

Discounts are subject to availability. They do not apply to associated talks, films or workshops. They cannot be combined to make greater savings.


Opening times
‘Lee Krasner is one of the most important, but most overlooked, abstract artists of the last century.‘
Time Out

Join membership

Get closer to our programme with priority booking, free art gallery entry, selected discounts on events, access to an exclusive members’ bar and more

Barbican Art Gallery