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Pollock-Krasner Foundation Awards Artist Beili Liu Pollock Prize For Creativity

$50,000 Prize Supports Liu’s Project “Dreams of the High North: Between Survival and Belonging” at Hå Gamle Prestegard, a Norwegian National Arts and Cultural Institution, on view from June through September 2023

New York, NY – January 26, 2022 – The Pollock-Krasner Foundation announced today that the Pollock Prize for Creativity is awarded to Beili Liu, a visual artist who creates site-specific installations and performances that address themes of migration and cultural memory, as well as labor, social, and environmental concerns. The $50,000 award is directed towards Liu’s sculptural installation and performance series Dreams of the High North: Between Survival and Belonging, a solo exhibition at the Norwegian national arts and cultural institution Hå Gamle Prestegard, on view from June 2023 through September 2023. The Pollock Prize for Creativity, established in 2016 to honor the artistic legacies of Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock, is given to an artist whose work embodies high creative standards and has a substantial impact on individuals and society.

Liu currently serves as the 2021-22 Fulbright Arctic Chair, a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Fellowship, an award that is among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholarship Program. She will be conducting research in Tromsø, Norway and teaching at UiT, the Arctic University of Norway. This research will serve as the basis for her new series, Dreams of the High North: Between Survival and Belonging. The series aims to increase awareness of the fragile balance between human actions and the environment through an exploration of indigenous narratives of the past, present, and future. Born in China and working in the United States, Liu’s cross-cultural experience informs her work, which focuses on topics such as being part of a diaspora, assimilation, survival, and the ultimate question of otherness versus our shared need for belonging.

“Beili Liu is an immense talent whose work is both innovative and striking. From addressing environmental concerns to cultural narratives, in her work she encourages new ways of thinking and grappling with our shared histories,” said Ronald D. Spencer, Chairman and CEO of Pollock-Krasner Foundation. “Fostering new work from visual artists is at the core of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s mission, and we are delighted to help support her work and exhibition in Norway in the coming year.”

“Throughout my career as a visual artist, I have been committed to international and interdisciplinary exchange,” said Beili Liu. “I admire Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s inclusive, global-facing mission of supporting artists to develop new work, mount exhibitions, and most importantly, to grow. I am deeply honored and humbled to have received the Pollock Prize for Creativity. The prize will provide essential support for my Arctic research and the development of a pivotal new body of work, Dreams of the High North: Between Survival and Belonging. I hold immense gratitude for this recognition at a significant juncture of my career. I know for certain that my experience and research in the High North will be life-changing and profoundly impact all my future work.”

Established in 1985 through the generosity of Lee Krasner, the Foundation provides grants to artists that allow them to create new work. Previous Pollock Prize winners include Todd Williamson, Amy Sherald, and Gideon Mendel. The Foundation also honors artists with the Lee Krasner Award, recognizing a lifetime of distinguished artistic achievement. Recipients of the Lee Krasner Award have included Mel Chin, Chris Drury, Alfred Leslie, Don Nice, Morgan O’Hara, and Masami Teraoka. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded $82 million to nearly 5,000 grantees in 78 countries. These grants can be used by artists to create new work, rent studio space, and prepare exhibitions.

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ABOUT BEILI LIU
Liu’s work has been exhibited in countries around the world, among them Norway, Finland, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Lithuania, China, Poland, Taiwan, and across the United States. Her solo exhibitions include shows at: Hå Gamle Prestegard; Norwegian National Art and Culture Museum; Galerie an der Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Museo di Villa Bernasconi, Como, Italy; Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai, China; Chinese Culture Foundation, San Francisco, CA; and the Crow Museum of Asian Art, Dallas, TX, among others. Her work has received support from numerous grants, fellowships, and awards including: Fulbright Arctic Chair, a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award, Norway (2021-2022); New York Foundation for the Arts Fiscal Sponsorship (2021); Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2016); National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Grant through the Museum of Southeast Texas (2014); and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant through Women & Their Work Gallery (2013). Liu received her MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2003). Liu is the Leslie Waggener Professor in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is also a current Institute for the Humanities Fellow. Liu’s teaching has been recognized by a Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (2011), selected across the nine institutions of the University of Texas System.

ABOUT POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION      

For more than three decades, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation has supported working artists and not-for-profit organizations internationally. Established in 1985 through the generosity of Lee Krasner, one of the foremost abstract expressionist painters of the 20th century and widow of Jackson Pollock, the Foundation is a leader in providing resources to emerging and established artists. To date, the Foundation has awarded nearly 5,000 grants totaling $82 million in 78 countries. For more information, including guidelines for grant applications, visit the Foundation’s website: www.pkf.org.

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Pollock-Krasner Foundation announces 2020-21 grants, amounting to nearly $3.5 million

137 Grants Awarded to Artists and Nonprofit Organizations Internationally

New York, NY – June 22, 2021 – Today, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation announces it awarded $3,350,000 to 137 artists and nonprofit organizations during its 2020-21 grant cycle, providing essential support to U.S.-based and international artists. Spanning from San Francisco, CA to Bulleen, Australia, the latest iteration of grant and award recipients comprise artists from 17 states, Puerto Rico and 14 countries. Since the Foundation’s establishment in 1985, it has awarded nearly 5,000 grants totaling $82 million in 78 countries. Particularly critical during the 2020-21 global health crisis, the Foundation’s ongoing funding imparts professional support to artists around the globe, allowing the grantees to create new work, purchase materials, rent studio space, prepare for and mount exhibitions, attend residencies, and offset living expenses.

“As we continue to fulfill Lee Krasner’s vision of supporting working artists internationally, we are proud to provide artists the opportunity to practice and advance their work,” said Ronald D. Spencer, Chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. “This year, we are also honored to have provided funding to the Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou for its ‘Women in Abstraction’ catalogue that accompanies its exhibition of the same title. Significantly, the exhibition presents the work and elevates the profile of many artists, including Krasner.”

This year, the Lee Krasner Award—bestowed in recognition of a lifetime of artistic achievement—is awarded to first-time recipients Rita McBride and Cheryl Ann Thomas in honor of their illustrious careers. In addition to McBride and Thomas, other Lee Krasner Award Recipients include Squeak Carnwath, Blane De St. Croix, Laddie John Dill and Morgan O’Hara, who were recognized and received additional support from the Foundation during the 2020-21 cycle, building on their initial acknowledgement. Also in 2021, PKF Grantee Alex Schweder was awarded The Brian Wall Foundation Grant for Sculptors. This year’s $30,000 prize that identifies an exceptional sculptor is awarded by The Brian Wall Foundation and administered by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

In conjunction with its support for individual artists, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation also awarded grants to nonprofit institutions that engage directly with artists and work to extend the legacies of Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock through scholarship opportunities and exhibitions of Krasner and Pollock’s work. This year’s organization grantees include: the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York for the 2022 Whitney Biennial artists’ production expenses; Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, for the Women in Abstraction exhibition 352-page catalogue; and Kunsthalle Basel in Basel, Switzerland, for PKF Grantee Matthew Angelo Harrison’s exhibition, Proto, and the associated monograph.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation 2020-21 Artist Grantees:

  • Øystein Aasan, Berlin, Germany
  • Alessandro Agudio, Berlin, Germany
  • Bettina Allamoda, Berlin Germany
  • David Amico, Los Angeles, CA
  • Todd D. Anderson, Clemson, SC
  • Shaji Appukuttan, Ernakulam, India
  • Kenseth Armstead, Brooklyn, NY
  • Micol Assaël, Rome, Italy
  • Olga Balema, Brooklyn, NY
  • Gary Batty, Gardiner, NY
  • Aviv Benn, Chicago, IL
  • Laurenz Berges, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Alessandro Biggio, Cagliari, Italy
  • Miguel Borrego, Manises, Spain
  • Benni Bosetto, Montevecchia, Italy
  • Greg Bray, Chicago, IL
  • Riley Brewster, New Haven, CT
  • Jessica Brilli, Quincy, MA
  • Anne Buckwalter, Philadelphia, PA
  • Astrid Busch, Berlin, Germany
  • Peter Callas, Belvidere, NJ
  • Squeak Carnwath, Oakland, CA
  • Othon Castaneda, Brownsville, TX
  • Jeff Chapman-Crane, Eolia, KY
  • Mike Childs, Bronx, NY
  • Il-Jin Choi, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Michael Combs, Greenport, NY
  • Gianluca Concialdi, Palermo, Italy
  • Jeff Cowen, Berlin, Germany
  • Mithun Dasgupta, Kolkata, India
  • Anna U. Davis, Washington D.C.
  • Lisa Corinne Davis, Brooklyn, NY
  • Blane De St. Croix, Brooklyn, NY
  • Steve DiBenedetto, New York, NY
  • Laddie John Dill, Los Angeles, CA
  • Michael Dunbar, Springfield, IL
  • Vanessa Enriquez, Berlin, Germany
  • Ettore Favini, Cremona, Italy
  • Amy Feldman, Brooklyn, NY
  • Fredone Fone, Vitoria, Brazil
  • Peter Fraser, London, England
  • Joanne Freeman, New Yok, NY
  • Eric French, San Juan, PR
  • Annette Frick, Berlin, Germany
  • Gabriel Garcilazo, Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Linda Geary, Oakland, CA
  • Francesco Gennari, Milano, Italy
  • Melissa Gordon, Brussels, Belgium
  • Assaf Gruber, Berlin, Germany
  • Diego Gualandris, Albino, Italy
  • Olivier Guesselé-Garai, Berlin, Germany
  • Hannah Hallermann, Berlin, Germany
  • Paul Harbutt, Hudson, NY
  • Daesha Devón Harris, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Matthew Angelo Harrison, Detroit, MI
  • Stef Heidhues, Berlin, Germany
  • Alison Hiltner, Minneapolis, MN
  • Hipkiss, Panjas, France
  • Akira Ikezoe, New York, NY
  • Jay Isaac, Toronto, Canada
  • Alexander Iskin, Berlin, Germany
  • Caro Jost, Munich, Germany
  • Sidharthan K, Ernakulam, India
  • Selena Kimball, Brooklyn, NY
  • John Kleckner, Berlin, Germany
  • Susan Klein, Charleston, SC
  • Cyrill Lachauer, Berlin, Germany
  • Patricia Lambertus, Bremen, Germany
  • Shaun Leonardo, Brooklyn, NY
  • Sharon Lockhart, Los Angeles, CA
  • Katherine Lubar, London, England
  • Marius Lüscher, Bern, Switzerland
  • Maggie Madden, Dublin, Ireland
  • Yeni Mao, New York, NY
  • Sonia Martin, London, England
  • Nicola Martini, Milano, Italy
  • Rita McBride, Santa Monica, CA
  • Catalina Mena, Santiago, Chile
  • Yonas Million, Toronto, Canada
  • Ranu Mukherjee, San Francisco, CA
  • Vitesh Naik, Fatorda, India
  • Shervone Neckles, Queens Village, NY
  • Luca Nejedly, Bern, Switzerland
  • Valerio Nicolai, Gorizia, Italy
  • Ramekon O’Arwisters, San Francisco, CA
  • Nela Ochoa, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
  • Morgan O’Hara, New York, NY
  • Kristina Page, London, England
  • Alessandro Pessoli, Los Angeles, CA
  • Olivia Petrides, Chicago, IL
  • Dustin M. Pevey, Marfa, TX
  • Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz, Williamstown, MA
  • Andrea Pichl, Berlin, Germany
  • Peter Reginato, New York, NY
  • Doug Reina, Stony Brook, NY
  • Elliott Jamal Robbins, Tucson, AZ
  • Gamaliel Rodriguez, Cabo Rojo, PR
  • Terri Rolland, Santa Fe, NM
  • Alexander Ross, Great Barrington, MA
  • Carol Rowan, Nobleboro, ME
  • Donna Ruff, Miami Beach, FL
  • Katia Santibañez, New York, NY
  • Bojan Sarcevic, Paris, France
  • Irene Schubiger, Zollikofen, Switzerland
  • Alex Schweder, Brooklyn, NY
  • Joydip Sengupta, Kolkata, India
  • Rick Shaefer, Fairfield, CT
  • Namsal Siedlecki, Seggiano, Italy
  • Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Long Island City, NY
  • David Slater, Sag Harbor, NY
  • Hans Stalder, Bern, Switzerland
  • Seth Tane, Portland, OR
  • Cheryl Ann Thomas, Ventura, CA
  • Antony Valerian, Berlin, Germany
  • Asim Waqif, New Delhi, India
  • Brigid Watson, South Boston, MA
  • Suse Weber, Berlin, Germany
  • Marjorie Welish, New York, NY
  • Paul White, Bulleen, Australia

Pollock-Krasner Foundation, 2020-21 Organization Grantees:

  • ArtTable, New York, NY; support for its Women Artists’ Breakfast and Perspective Series
  • Artadia, Brooklyn, NY; funding for artist award grant
  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY; AIM program funding
  • Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO; residency program support
  • Deborah Remington Charitable Trust for the Visual Arts, New York, NY; monograph funding
  • International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY; residency program funding
  • Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland; support for PKF Grantee Matthew Angelo Harrison’s exhibition, Proto, and accompanying monograph
  • La Napoule Art Foundation, Portsmouth, NH; support for its residency program
  • MacDowell, New York, NY; support for its residency program
  • Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; funding for the Women in Abstraction exhibition catalogue
  • Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; support for its residency program
  • New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY; funding for online resources
  • SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY; support of its In Practice open call program
  • Villa Bergerie, Laguarres, Spain; funding for residency program
  • Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; support for its Winter Workspace Residency and Sunroom Project Space
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; funding for the Whitney Biennial artists’ production expenses
  • Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY; residency program artists’ expenses
  • Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; residency program funding

ORGANIZATION SUPPORT REALIZED  

In addition to the 2020-21 grant recipients, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation has provided support for a virtual exhibition, titled Seeing Past the Future, which features the work of 2019-2020 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipients. Unveiled on June 10, Seeing Past the Future was conceived by Shimon Attie, the inaugural Charles C. Bergman Endowed Visiting Professor of Studio Art at Stony Brook University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center. The visiting professorship was created in honor of the late Charles C. Bergman, who served as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s Executive Vice President and subsequently Chairman and CEO from the organization’s inception in 1985 until his death in 2018. Made possible by an endowment from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the visiting professorship includes the commitment of collaborating with the Director of the House and Study Center on educational programming like Seeing Past the Future.

Through the presentation of contemporary works by PKF grant recipients, Seeing Past the Future emphasizes how Pollock and Krasner’s legacy remains vibrant and relevant and continues through the practice of working artists today. The exhibition, which comprises 50 works in a wide range of media, is available for online viewing on the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center’s and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s websites: www.pkhouse.org and www.pkf.org.

ABOUT POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION      

For more than three decades, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation has supported working artists and not-for-profit organizations internationally. Established in 1985 through the generosity of Lee Krasner, one of the foremost abstract expressionist painters of the 20th century and widow of Jackson Pollock, the Foundation is a leader in providing resources to emerging and established artists. To date, the Foundation has awarded nearly 5,000 grants totaling $82 million in 78 countries. For more information, including guidelines for grant applications, visit the Foundation’s website: www.pkf.org.

 

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Pollock-Krasner Foundation Announces Publication Of Lee Krasner: The Unacknowledged Equal By Art Critic And Author Carter Ratcliff

ESSAY EXPLORES KRASNER’S FUNDAMENTAL ROLE IN CREATING REVOLUTIONARY “ALLOVER” PAINTING

Scholarly essay is available to download on the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s website

New York, NY – August 20, 2020 – The Pollock-Krasner Foundation today announced the publication of Lee Krasner: The Unacknowledged Equal by art critic, poet, and writer Carter Ratcliff. In the long-form essay, Ratcliff investigates Krasner’s life and practice from her early days as Hans Hofmann’s student to the production of her late masterworks. Through meticulous research and careful analysis, Ratcliff provides detailed insight into the evolution of Krasner’s work, worldview, and relationship with Jackson Pollock—definitively bringing her out of Pollock’s shadow. Ratcliff goes beyond giving Krasner her rightful due, he sheds new light on her accomplishments and argues that Krasner was as much the inventor of “allover” painting as Pollock. The scholarly essay is available to download at no charge at pkf.org. A bound, fully illustrated print version of the essay will be available later this year.

The forward to Lee Krasner: The Unacknowledged Equal is written by art critic, poet, and writer John Yau who notes, “Ratcliff’s reading of the extent that Krasner and Pollock influenced each other as they approached the breakthrough of what we know as “allover” painting is eye-opening, thrilling, and indispensable: he has shown us something we have not seen before, even though it has literally been in front of our eyes for more than 70 years.”

“For over three decades, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation has been dedicated to advancing scholarship on Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock while also providing support to emerging and established artists,” said Ronald D. Spencer, Chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. “Given Carter Ratcliff’s prolific career as a critic and author, his commitment to thorough research, and his deep knowledge of Krasner’s work, it is an honor to publish this volume. There has long been an imbalance in the recognition accorded Krasner and Pollock. Ratcliff rebalances their legacies and enables us to see the work of both artists with new eyes.”

“As happy as I have been to see Lee Krasner recognized, at long last, as a leading member of the Abstract Expressionism’s first generation, I felt as well that the most important part of her story had not yet been told,” said Carter Ratcliff, author of Lee Krasner: The Unacknowledged Equal. “It has to do with the “allover” image, an innovation routinely credited to Jackson Pollock. Often described in narrowly formal terms, the allover image is, in fact, an inexhaustibly powerful symbol of American ideals of equality and unbounded possibility. In looking closely at the intertwined art and lives of Krasner and Pollock during the mid-1940s, I saw that she was not merely present at the birth of this radically new way to make a painting. She took an active and equal part in its creation. Lee Krasner: The Unacknowledged Equal is meant to take the full measure of her importance to the history of art—and to our culture.”

To accompany the print version of Lee Krasner: The Unacknowledged Equal, to be released later this year, the Foundation will collaborate with a range of partners to present panels and events on Krasner’s work and legacy. More details on these events will be announced in the coming months.

The Foundation has provided invaluable resources to support artists and non-profit organizations since its inception in 1985. Recently, the Foundation provided grants to works that advance scholarship on Krasner’s legacy, including the Barbican Centre’s monograph that accompanied Krasner’s first major European retrospective, Lee Krasner: Living Colour. Since the exhibition’s opening at the Barbican Centre in May 2019, it has traveled across Europe and is currently on view at Zentrum Paul Klee in Switzerland until August 16, 2020. Later this year, the exhibition will be on view at the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain. The Foundation also supported the memoir Lee and Me: An Intimate Portrait of Lee Krasner, published in May 2020 by the late Ruth Appelhof, former Executive Director Emeritus of Guild Hall.

In May, the Foundation announced that it awarded nearly $3 million to 121 artists and not-for-profit organizations during its 2019-20 grant cycle, providing vital support to emerging and established artists nationally and internationally. For more information on the recent grant recipients, visit www.pkf.org/press-releases/.

ABOUT POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION

For more than three decades, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation has supported working artists and not-for-profit organizations internationally. Established in 1985 through the generosity of Lee Krasner, one of the foremost abstract expressionist painters of the 20th century and widow of Jackson Pollock, the Foundation is a leader in providing resources to emerging and established artists. To date, the Foundation has awarded nearly 5,000 grants totaling $79 million in 78 countries. For more information, including guidelines for grant applications, visit the Foundation’s website: www.pkf.org.

ABOUT CARTER RATCLIFF

Carter Ratcliff is a poet and art critic, the author of The Fate of a Gesture: Jackson Pollock and Postwar American Art; Out of the Box: The Reinvention of Art 1965-1975; and Andy Warhol, as well as books on Francis Bacon, Gilbert & George, Alex Katz, Marisol, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, and other artists. His writings on art have appeared in catalogues published by The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Royal Academy, and many other museums in the United States and abroad. His writing has also appeared in such journals as Art in America, Artforum, ArtNews, Tate, Art Studio, Hyperallergic, and The Brooklyn Rail. He is a contributing editor at Art in America and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism.

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