Abstract expressionist painter Lee Krasner was born on this day 108 years ago. Krasner’s unorthodox painting method of working on flat canvasses—much like her husband, Jackson Pollock—allowed her to create dense textures with her paint. She was the second of only four women ever to have had a retrospective show at MoMA.
This episode of Shelf Life focuses on the very practical problem of transporting a rare giant squid specimen. But long before they were a quandary for customs officials, these mysterious cephalopods fueled folklore all over the world. They’re not alone—many storied beasts took shape around seeds of reality. While they may not breathe fire, heal disease, or crush ships, the animals that inspired their mythological counterparts are no less fantastic. Season 02 of Shelf Life premieres November 1.
We have loved bringing some of our masterpieces to communities in and around Philadelphia the past two years. This weekend is your last chance to see Inside Out in Brewerytown, Bristol, Conshohocken, Jenkintown, Phoenixville, and Upper Darby.
Naas shagi yeil s'aaxw (Raven at the Headwaters of Nass hat) from the Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest. Carved from maple; decorated with paint, shells, hair, and baleen. Artist unknown; ca. 1810. Now in the Seattle Art Museum. Photo credit: Joe Mabel.
TONY SMITH, Smoke, USA, 1967 (re-created in 2005). Painted aluminium, originally built out of plywood. Installed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and photographed here with model Karlie Kloss by Alexi Lubomirski for Vogue Spain, 2013. / Yellowtrace