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May 15, 2006

East Hampton & Jackson Pollock

So Picture_040_1spent the weekend hosting friends in East Hampton (aka.. Pupschwitz) with JG and These Fun Bloggers.  It wasn't warm or sunny.. so luckily we had lots of alcohol made an appointment to tour the near by Pollock-Krasner House, the home and studio of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner.

Jackson's old studio is a work of art unto itself. The art history just breaths from every splinter of the old cedar shingled studio (Photo #3).

Unfortunately they don't allow any tourist photography in the Studio Barn. So you'll have to go see it for yourself.

But, just the experience of walking on the same floor where Pollock dripped his paint is almost a religious event for the Modern Art Obsessed.

The floor of the old studio looks just like his painting Lavender Mist.  After taking our shoes off, and putting on the little foam booties, we were able to walk  on this original old wooden studio floor during the tour.

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Our docent (a retired EH Local Resident..photo #2) Myrna Klein was both entertaining and full of local gossip & moral opinions information on the lives of Krasner and Pollock.Jackson_pollackstudio Which of course kept even Dr. Quiz satisfied!

While they don't have much of Lee or Jackson's art work at the center, it's really an amazing piece of art history.  It's well worth a vist, if you find yourself in the Hamptooons this summer.

Also.. The Guggenheim Museum in honor of the 50th anniversary of Pollocks tragic death will have a show this summer  No Limits, Just Edges: Jackson Pollock Paintings on Paper
May 26–September 29, 2006

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I had the chance to see the house last summer, and was amazed to realize that art historians could tell which paintings had been done on the floor by the spatter marks of the paint.

My favorite part of the house, though, is a tiny, early Pollock hanging in the house. Years ago, Pollock owed a local man some money, and in exchange offered him his choice of any piece in the studio. The man didn't like any of Pollock's drip paintings and instead picked the smallest piece of representational art Pollock had. His heirs have donated it to the house, and you could easily overlook it if the guide didn't point it out. How mad do you think those heirs were at their grandfather?

Hey Lisa,
Right, they still have that small (Maybe 8 x 14") Pollock hanging in the kitchen! It's a pretty funny story.

They also had on large late Lee Krasner Painting on loan in the Studio.

We had a great time and learned a lot from Myrna. What a broad!

Myrna Rocks. Just don't tell her any kayaking stories.

This seems like it would be a nice summer weekend trip

More like this please

More people should do it this way.

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that's my mother. u shud ask her about some of her card-playing stories. canasta, of course.

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