Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Magnificent Magnets and the Pollock-Krasner House

Magnificent Magnets and Pollack-Krasner House
One of The Magnificent Magnet’s newest museum customers is Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center.  This is the former home and studio of Jackson Pollock and his wife, Lee Krasner.  As an art major, I remember studying the Abstract Expressionist movement in college when pursuing my degree in art, and Jackson Pollack was an artist that always fascinated me. 
Here is the magnet design the museum selected, which is a photo they provided us of the inside of the studio.  Our magnets will be featured for sale at the museum beginning this month! 

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) is regarded as the undisputed leader of the Abstract Expressionist movement. In 1945, he married fellow artist Lee Krasner (1908-1984) and moved from New York City to Long Island’s East End. With a loan from art dealer Peggy Guggenheim, they purchased a small homestead on one and a quarter acres overlooking Accabonac Creek in The Springs, near East Hampton.
The property is a National Historic Landmark, a federal designation that recognizes its significance as one of the nation’s most important cultural monuments. It is also a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program.  Built in 1879, the house is typical of the 19th century farmers’ and fishermen’s homes in Springs, a hamlet in the Town of East Hampton.

Their opening exhibit is The Persistence of Pollock, May 3–July 28, 2012.  Co-organized by the museum’s director, Helen A. Harrison, and art historian Bobbi Coller, the exhibition will feature works that reflect Pollock’s powerful impact and attest to his continued presence as a reference for contemporary artists. The featured artists are Janine Antoni, Robert Arneson, Lynda Benglis, Mike Bidlo, Arnold Chang, François Fiedler, Joe Fig, Red Grooms, Ray Johnson, Vik Muniz, Alfonso Ossorio, Norman Rockwell and Lee Ufan. 

I love this image by Norman Rockwell that features Pollock’s work.

                                                     Norman Rockwell, The Connoisseur, 1962.
                                                Magazine cover. Pollock-Krasner House collection.

The Pollock-Krasner House looks like a great place for a day trip or as a destination if you are vacationing in Long Island.  I am planning to visit this summer when I spend the weekend at my friend’s beach house on the North Shore.
For more information on this site, the exhibit and future exhibits, click here to go to their site.  Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center. 
We are so pleased to welcome them as a customer and to have our handcrafted magnets in their gift shop!

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