Culture Watch: Gail Levin's 'Lee Krasner: A Biography'
(William Morrow, $30)
Cantankerous certainly describes Lee Krasner. But she also spent huge effort and time managing the legacy of her late husband, alcoholic philanderer and pivotal artist Jackson Pollock, no doubt to the detriment of her own career as a gifted painter -- especially in an American artistic milieu in which women's work was already undervalued.
Gail Levin, author of an estimable biography of Edward Hopper, chronicles all that and more in the first full-length account of Krasner's life.
-- Christopher Knight