5.3/ Pollock-Krasner Center: ‘East End Art World, August 1953’, May 4 / July 29

“East End Art World, August 1953: Photographs 

by Tony Vaccaro” opens on May 4

The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center opens for the season on Thursday, May 4, with an exhibition of never-before-seen photographs by Tony Vaccaro, one of America’s most distinguished photojournalists. There will be a reception and gallery talk with the photographer on Sunday, May 28 from 5 – 7 p.m.
In August of 1953, Look magazine sent Vaccaro on assignment to East Hampton to photograph Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner for a feature article. The piece was killed, but Vaccaro kept the black and white images, a group of which was shown at the Pollock-Krasner House in 2010. 
Lee Krasner in her bedroom, with Tony Vaccaro reflected in the mirror. © Tony Vaccaro Studio
While in the Hamptons, Vaccaro also photographed several other artists. Among the people he captured in their studios and in social settings are Willem and Elaine de Kooning–who were staying in Leo Castelli’s house that summer–Harold and May Rosenberg, Fairfield Porter, Hedda Sterne, Wilfrid Zogbaum, Larry Rivers, Alfonso Ossorio, Costantino Nivola and John Graham. 
Willem de Kooning dancing with Hedda Sterne at an East End night spot. © Tony Vaccaro Studio
Missing for six decades, the negatives and contact sheets were recently discovered during a move. The exhibition features 20 of these images, shown here for the first time, including a previously unknown color portrait of Pollock. 
Renowned for his documentary work in post-World War II Europe, Vaccaro has also photographed a wide array of notable personalities, from heads of state to stars of stage and screen. At age 94, he continues to work in his Long Island City studio, managed by his son Frank and daughter-in-law Maria, who supervised production of the exhibition prints. 
“East End Art World, August 1953: Photographs by Tony Vaccaro” will remain on view through July 29.

Artifacts from the Pollock-Krasner house and studio–including Pollock’s hammer, glass from Krasner’s mosaics, and a sprig of her spider plant–are featured in promotions for the sixth edition of Frieze New York.


The international art fair brings together more than 200 galleries showing today’s most significant artists, from emerging talents to established contemporaries and rediscovered 20th-century masters. Those with East End ties include Donald Baechler, Lynda Benglis, Robert Motherwell, James Rosenquist, Cindy Sherman, Keith Sonnier and Andy Warhol.


Among the exhibitors is the Paul Kasmin Gallery, which represents the estate of Lee Krasner.

Open May – October on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 – 5 p.m.Admission: adults $5, including audio guide. Members, children under 12, SUNY/CUNY students, faculty and staff (with ID) free.
Guided tours at noon by reservation.  Adults $10, children under 12 $5. Members and SUNY/CUNY students, faculty and staff free. Call 631-324-4929for your coupon code.

For information about exhibitions and programs, please visit our Web site.


For researcher access to Study Center collections, please call 631-324-4929.


Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
830 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton, New York
A National Historic Landmark


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