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First Krasner Exhibition Planned at Paul Kasmin Gallery for Autumn 2017
NEW YORK, NY, November 2, 2016 – Charles C. Bergman, Chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, today announced the selection of Paul Kasmin Gallery to represent its holdings of artworks by its founder, Lee Krasner (1908-1984). Established in 1985 through the generous bequest of Krasner, one of the leading Abstract Expressionist painters and the widow of Jackson Pollock, the Foundation is the successor to the estates of both artists. It was formed for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance, whether professional or personal, to individual visual artists of recognized merit.
Samuel Sachs II, President of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, said, “The reputation of Paul Kasmin Gallery and its worldwide following give us great hope for the continuing and increasing recognition of Lee Krasner’s artistic achievements. We are delighted that her work will be represented with the outstanding professionalism for which Paul Kasmin Gallery is known.”
Paul Kasmin said, “Lee Krasner is frequently overlooked but remains one of the great artists of the 20th century. I have held both Lee Krasner and the Pollock- Krasner Foundation in the highest esteem for many years. It is incredibly exciting for the gallery to begin this collaboration.” Paul Kasmin Gallery will present its first Lee Krasner exhibition in autumn 2017.
Founded in SoHo in 1989, Paul Kasmin Gallery now maintains three locations in Chelsea and participates each year in numerous international art fairs. The gallery’s program currently includes representation of the estates of Constantin Brâncuși, William N. Copley, Max Ernst, Simon Hantaï and Robert Motherwell, among others.
Born in Brooklyn in 1908, Lee Krasner studied at the Women’s Art School of Cooper Union, the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League and in 1937 began taking classes with Hans Hofmann. Through membership in the American Abstract Artists group she met many of the painters who would eventually become known as Abstract Expressionists, but she did not encounter Jackson Pollock until 1942, when they both exhibited works at McMillen Gallery. In 1945, she and Pollock married. They worked in separate studios of the farmhouse they shared outside Easthampton until Pollock’s death.
Shortly after Krasner’s death in 1984, The Museum of Modern Art presented a major retrospective of her work, which has also been the subject of major traveling exhibitions. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The literature on her includes a full-length biography by art historian Gail Levin, published in 2012. Her papers are held by the Archives of American Art.
About the Pollock-Krasner Foundation
Based in New York but operating internationally, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation to date has made more than 4,100 grants to individual artists in 77 countries, for a total of more than $65 million. Through these grants, the Foundation has enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as meet their personal and medical expenses. Recipients of Pollock-Krasner grants have acknowledged their critical impact in allowing concentrated time to work in the studio and prepare for exhibitions and other professional opportunities such as residencies. To provide additional support, the Foundation maintains an up-to-date and comprehensive Grantee Image Collection representing the work of artists who have received grants since inception. Other initiatives of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation have included taking a leadership role (along with the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts) in supporting the groundbreaking report by the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, The Artist as Philanthropist: Strengthening the Next Generation of Artist-Endowed Foundations. For more information, including guidelines for grant applications, the public may visit the Foundation’s website at www.pkf.org
Image: Lee Krasner in Hans Hoffman’s studio, early 1940s. Photo: Robert E. Mates and Paul Katz. Lee Krasner artwork © Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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South African Photographer Gideon Mendel Is First Recipient
NEW YORK, NY, March 16, 2016 – Charles C. Bergman, chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, today announced the establishment of a new award, the Pollock Prize for Creativity, honoring an outstanding artist whose work embodies high creative standards and exemplifies the impact of art on individuals and society. Given on a yearly basis, the Pollock Prize carries a cash award of $50,000 and the recognition of the organization safeguarding the artistic legacies of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner.
The recipient of the inaugural Pollock Prize for Creativity is photographer Gideon Mendel. Born in Johannesburg in 1959, Mendel first came to prominence as a “struggle photographer” during the final years of apartheid. After moving to London in the early 1990s, he expanded the range of his subject matter to include the lives of people with HIV/AIDS in Africa and elsewhere (A Broken Landscape; Framing AIDS) and the effects of climate change (Drowning World). In his ongoing project Through Positive Eyes, he has served not as a photographer but an enabler, handing the camera to people living with HIV so they can show their own reality. His work has been exhibited in numerous gallery and museum shows (including the ICP Triennial in New York) and published in magazines including National Geographic, Rolling Stone, L’Express, Stern, The Sunday Times Magazine and The Guardian Weekend Magazine. Among the honors he has previously received are the Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography and the Amnesty International Media Award for Photojournalism. The exhibition Drowning World: Gideon Mendel will be presented May 13 – October 16, 2016, at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. He is represented by Axis Gallery in New York.
“As the Pollock-Krasner Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary, we are proud to expand on our record of service by inaugurating the Pollock Prize for Creativity,” Charles Bergman stated. “It is a natural extension of our mission to provide financial assistance to individual artists of established ability, which we have done by making more than 4,100 grants to date in 77 countries, for a total of more than $65 million.”
The new prize is an extension of the existing Lee Krasner Award, given to an older artist in recognition of a lifetime of achievement. The Pollock Prize, by contrast, will lend support to outstanding artists who may be in mid-career, and whose ongoing work has a social and cultural dimension. The Prize will be awarded to an artist working in one of the disciplines the Pollock-Krasner Foundation supports—painting, sculpture, works on paper and printmaking, or photography. As with the Lee Krasner Award, there is no application for the Pollock Prize, which is given by a Foundation jury based on the recommendations of a network of nominators.
Charles Bergman said, “I am deeply grateful to our president Samuel Sachs II, our executive vice president Kerrie Buitrago and our program director Caroline Black for developing this new initiative, which carries forward the Foundation’s mission.”
Gideon Mendel said, “It’s a huge honor to receive this award named after Jackson Pollock, an artist I’ve always loved for his freedom in breaking barriers. Because my own work increasingly straddles the border between art, documentation and activism, it’s all the more important to me that the prize is given not for photography but for creativity in general. For the past nine years, the Drowning World project has been an all-consuming labor of love—an incredibly complex and expensive labor. I am deeply grateful to the Pollock-Krasner Foundation for recognizing the project through this prize, which will help me immeasurably in bringing Drowning World to completion.”
The Foundation’s President, Samuel Sachs II, said, “I congratulate Gideon Mendel, who creates powerful images and uses his art to raise awareness of critical issues and encourage change. It is with appreciation that we confer on him the first Pollock Prize for Creativity.”
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. was established in 1985 through the generosity of the late Lee Krasner, one of the leading abstraction expressionist painters and the widow of Jackson Pollock. Based in New York but operating internationally, the Foundation through its grants has enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as meet their personal and medical expenses. Recipients of Pollock-Krasner grants have acknowledged their critical impact in allowing concentrated time to work in the studio and prepare for exhibitions and other professional opportunities such as residencies.
To provide additional support, the Foundation maintains an up to date and comprehensive Grantee Image Collection representing the work of artists who have received grants since inception. Each artist is requested to give the Foundation permission to post two images of works from the year of his or her grant and also has the option of adding to this number with later works. The database also provides contact information for each artist.
Other initiatives of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation have included taking a leadership role (along with the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts) in supporting the groundbreaking report by the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, The Artist as Philanthropist: Strengthening the Next Generation of Artist-Endowed Foundations.
For more information, including guidelines for grant applications, the public may visit the Foundation’s website at www.pkf.org.
Image credit: Gideon Mendel, Jeff and Tracey Waters, Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, UK (February 2014), 122 by 122 cm, Lightjet C Type photographic print on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper
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