Garage Renovation Project Nears Completion
As we go to press, the ADA-compliant restroom and office are nearly ready to open. Designed by architect August Henry Muff, the project has been supported by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Ronald and Jo Carole Lauder Foundation and the Singer Foundation, gifts from Dorothy Lichtenstein, Drs. Bobbi and Barry Coller and Dr. Jay and Carol Hunt, and income from the Pollock-Krasner Endowment Fund.
The interior was spackled and painted in early May.

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In November the garage was dismantled and all salvageable elements stored for reinstallation.   Insulation and radiant heating were installed under the new floor.   Framing was completed in mid-January.
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The original garage door and windows were refurbished and reinstalled in March.   Vintage shingles were recycled on the front of the building.   The interior was spackled and painted in early May.


kristaWelcome Krista Biedenbach

Our new assistant to the director, Krista Biedenbach, who joined the staff in November following Ruby Jackson’s retirement, brings a wealth of valuable experience to the job.

A former art instructor and exhibition and program coordinator at the Smithtown Township Arts Council's historic Mills Pond House, Krista earned her BA in art and art history from Stony Brook and her MA in art and art education at Columbia University Teachers College.

Her background as an artist, administrator, teacher, volunteer coordinator and gallery manager, and her computer and social media expertise, are great assets to the museum, and we are delighted to welcome her to the staff.



Katy Siegel Appointed to Thaw Endowed Chair
katy siegelKaty Siegel, a Professor of Art History at Hunter College and Chief Curator of the Hunter College Galleries, will inaugurate the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University. The position, named in honor of distinguished philanthropists, is funded by a generous endowment from the Simons Foundation, a major benefactor to the university. Prof. Siegel will join the Art Department faculty in the fall of 2015. In addition to undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising, she will work with the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center to promote scholarship on Abstract Expressionism and develop academic and public programming at Stony Brook's Southampton campus.

Prof. Siegel received her master's and doctoral degrees in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. Her scholarship focuses on modern and contemporary art. Her most recent books are Abstract Expressionism (Phaidon, 2011) and Since '45: America and the Making of Contemporary Art (Reaktion, 2011), which details the collision of American social history and European modern art. A previous book, Art Works: Money (Thames & Hudson, 2004), co-authored with Paul Mattick, deals with the relationship between contemporary art and commerce. She is also a curator at large at Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum, the former Editor in Chief of Art Journal, a member of the Brooklyn Rail editorial board, and a contributing editor to Artforum.


alex kauffmanAlexander Kauffman Wins Herskovic Prize                                                                             
The 2014 Herskovic Essay Prize, sponsored by a generous donation from Drs. Marika and Thomas Herskovic, was awarded to Alexander Kauffman, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. The $1000 prize recognizes outstanding scholarship by a graduate student on a topic related to Abstrac t Expressionism.

Mr. Kauffman's winning essay, "Framing the Erasure: Robert Rauschenberg, Willem de Kooning, and Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1952-1955," is based on research for his Master's thesis. The selection committee praised his paper as "a sophisticated mapping of the artistic relationship between de Kooning and . . . Rauschenberg that corrects generalized interpretations and misapprehensions about the latter's famous gesture of erasing and then exhibiting a de Kooning drawing related to his Woman series," and "a great opening for consideration of changes of artistic intent at many phases of a work's existence."   





Dinner with Jackson Pollock—and Brunch Too!
Dinner with Jackson Pollock, a stunning new Assouline book by Robyn Lea, features more than 50 recipes, many from the Pollock-Krasner House collection. Illustrated with Lea’s beautiful photographs of the Pollock-Krasner property and pictures of each dish, and filled with delightful tales from Jackson and Lee’s family and local friends, this is more than a cookbook.

It offers a charming and intimate portrait of the artists’ domestic and social life. For sale in the Museum Store. Cover price $50, members’ discount 10%. Or get your copy at "Brunch with Jackson Pollock," a special event at ArtHamptons on Friday, July 3. Your $75 ticket includes a copy of the book, signed by Robyn Lea, and a delicious brunch, featuring dishes that Jackson and Lee prepared for their guests. This event is sure to sell out, so book your tickets now! Go to



Pollock Exhibitions in Venice
A pair of exhibitions celebrating the art of Charles Pollock (1902-1988) and his youngest brother Jackson (1912-1956) are currently on view at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.


April 23 - September 14
fireworksOrganized by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection’s director, Philip Rylands, the exhibition documents Charles Pollock’s full career. Most of the material—including art and documents never before exhibited—is being loaned by the Charles Pollock Archive, Paris, thanks to the Pollock family.

Additional loans have come from members of the Pollock family, from the Archives of American Art / Smithsonian Institution, and other institutions and private collections. Early letters, photographs and sketches document the relations between Charles and Jackson.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog, in Italian and English, with an essay by Terence Maloon, the foremost authority on the art of Charles Pollock.

Charles Pollock, Fireworks, 1950. Oil on canvas.

April 23 - November 16

Jackson Pollock, Mural, 1943. Oil and enamel on canvas. University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The exhibition, which takes its subtitle from a 1950 statement by Pollock, was organized for the University of Iowa Museum of Art by David Anfam, Senior Consulting Curator, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, and a preeminent authority on Abstract Expressionism. It focuses on Jackson Pollock’s Mural, the largest painting Pollock created. Commissioned in the summer of 1943 by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City townhouse, Mural established a new sense of scale and audacity for the Abstract Expressionist movement, anticipating the classic poured abstractions that Pollock would begin four years later. Setting Mural into context, the selection includes Pollock’s newly-restored Alchemy, as well as works by Lee Krasner, David Smith, and Robert Motherwell. It also sheds new light on Pollock’s relationship to such photographers of action and energy as Herbert Matter, Barbara Morgan, Aaron Siskind and Gjon Mili. The exhibition travels to the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin and then to the Museo Picasso, Málaga, and is accompanied by a fully-illustrated book by David Anfam, published by Thames & Hudson.



lassawIn Memoriam
Ernestine Blumberg Lassaw, widow of the noted abstract sculptor Ibram Lassaw and a dear friend of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, died of cancer at Southampton Hospital on August 15, 2014. She was 101. Her great age never impeded her zest for living, and right to the end she was as fluent in the latest local gossip as she was about the New York art scene of 60 years ago. 

Born in Shreveport in 1913, Ernestine studied art as a teenager. After moving to New York City she worked as the coloring editor of Famous Funnies, the first American comic book, from 1935 to 1945, and from home for several years after that. She and Ibram married in 1944 and the following year they had a daughter, Denise Elaine Lassaw (middle-named for Ernestine's close friend Elaine de Kooning), who noted that her mother was a pioneer of loft living when it was illegal. "Her artistic eye took charge of all space that she occupied and she made it beautiful and functional," she said. Ibram and Ernestine were deeply involved in the New York art world, and they knew all the avant-garde artists, musicians, poets, curators and collectors. The Artists Club was founded around their dining room table. In 1954 they bought land in Springs, not far from the Pollock-Krasner House, and in 1955 built a one-room shack that became the first room of the house Ernestine designed. They began living full time in Springs after 1963. A mainstay for many years of the Fishermen's Fair, Ernestine was instrumental in helping the Springs Improvement Society raise money by gambling for artwork on a carnival spinning wheel. [Photograph by Ibram Lassaw.]