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1 Minute 1 Work: Palingenesis, 1971

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After years of experimenting with biomorphic forms and more gestural abstract expressionism, something different emerged for Lee Krasner. Hard-edged forms and hot colours typify her canvas Palingenesis (1971), the title aptly coming from the Greek for 'rebirth'. But what stimulated the change in style for Krasner? Curator Eleanor Nairne tells us more about this spectacular canvas.


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Eleanor Nairne is Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, where her exhibitions include 'Lee Krasner: Living Colour' (2019-20) and 'Basquiat: Boom for Real' (2017-18). She is a regular catalogue writer, a contributor to publications including The London Review of Books and frieze and is a former Jerwood Writer in Residence.

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