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Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1905-1984

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2.2: Correspondence , circa 1941-1984

Lee Krasner's correspondence spans over forty years, but the bulk of it ranges from 1970 to her death in 1984. Found here is correspondence with galleries and gallery owners that represented her, exhibited her work, or requested her work for potential exhibitions. Krasner was friends with many artists and art professionals and her personal correspondence includes many letters from artists such as Philip Johnson, Ray Eames, Cleve Gray, and Hans Namuth. She also corresponded with art historians and critics, curators, collectors, arts and social organizations, admirers, and family members. Additionally, this series includes fan mail, student inquiries, correspondence with journalists and publishers, requests for her to lecture, and business correspondence on the sale of her work. There are numerous letters and telegrams congratulating Krasner on exhibitions, such as the 1965 Whitechapel retrospective and extensive documentation of her 1958 commission to create a mural for Uris Brothers, Inc.
Letters are arranged chronologically and include both letters received by Krasner and handwritten or typed drafts sent by Krasner. Later in her life many of the drafts were written by her secretary.
Description Container Select
Correspondence, undated
(2 folders)
8
1-2
Correspondence, 1941-1960
(4 folders)
8
3-6
Correspondence, 1961-1965
(9 folders)
8
7-15
Correspondence, 1966-1970
(7 folders)
8
16-22
Correspondence, 1971-1976
(19 folders)
8
23-41
Correspondence, 1977-1980
(21 folders)
9
1-21
Correspondence, 1981-1984
(20 folders)
9
22-41

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