The Abstract Expressionist Print

Left Bird Right
Right Bird Left, 1965
Lee Krasner
Oil painting
Gift of David T. Owsley
To complement the special exhibition Suitcase Paintings, an intimate exhibition of Abstract Expressionist prints from the museum’s collection will be on display in the Brown Study Room. Prints will be on view from a collaborative project between poets and artists entitled 21 Etchings and Poems. They include Willem de Kooning’s Revenge with a poem handwritten on the printing plate by art critic Harold Rosenberg, as well as Poem by curator Frank O’Hara and artist Franz Kline. “That poets and artists were working as closely as this was fairly unusual in the history of art,” Director Peter Blume said of the project, which was published in 1960. Other prints on display include three lithographs from Lee Krasner, and an untitled work from Jackson Pollack. “Prints are a much more immediate way to see the hand of the artist,” Blume said of the intimacy of the prints. “They are so much more like handwriting, so much more connected with how the mind of the artist works and directs the hand to move. It’s a very direct, very hands-on process.”

Exhibition Date: August 17, 2007 - November 11, 2007