Pollock-Krasner Foundation

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The Pollock-Krasner Foundation was established in 1985 for the purpose of providing financial assistance to individual working artists of established ability.[1] It was established at the bequest of Lee Krasner, who was an American abstract expressionist painter and the widow of fellow painter Jackson Pollock. Krasner left approximately $23 million in cash, securities and art to the foundation.[2]


The foundation provides grants to artists internationally based on "recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need".[3] The foundation also gives out Lee Krasner Awards. These awards are based on the same criteria as grants but also recognize a lifetime of artistic achievement and are by nomination only.[4] By 1988 the foundation had already granted over $1.5 million to about 300 "worthy artists who are in need".[5]

Authentication Board[edit]

The Pollock-Krasner Authentication Board, established by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation to examine and rule (for no charge) on disputed works,[6] operated for six years (1990-1996) before dissolving after the completion of the Pollock catalogue raisonné. The board considered hundreds of previously unknown works but admitted only a handful.[7] The foundation still receives legal challenges based on its inclusions and exclusions—a version of authentication in its own right.


  1. ^ Ken Johnson (6 January 2006). "Art in Review; 'Dialogue: Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock'". New York Times. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Douglas C. McGill (23 November 1987). "Found Art: Pollock's Floor". New York Times. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Grant Guidelines". Pollock-Krasner Foundation. December 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Lee Krasner Awards". Pollock-Krasner Foundation. September 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Graham Heathcote (1 May 1988). "London Gallery Purchases Explosive Pollocks". Oxnard Press-Courier. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Randy Kennedy (May 29, 2005), Is This a Real Jackson Pollock? New York Times.
  7. ^ Cathleen McGuigan (August 15, 2007), Seeing Is Believing? Newsweek.

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