The celebrated art historian and critic, Barbara Rose came to visit me in Rome. I mentioned in in one of my posts when I was there but I wanted to say a bit more about how important that visit was to me. Among the many exhibitions, documentary films and books she has authored, Barbara is known for her retrospective exhibition on Lee Krasner in 1984 which traveled from Houston, where Barbara was the Senior Curator, to many other museums across the country including the Museum of Modern Art in New York—thus fulfilling Krasner’s greatest wish.
Barbara Rose and her granddaughter Rebekah (who just passed her exams to become a medical doctor) came to the American Academy in Rome for dinner. Barbara was very impressed with the caliber of the Visual Arts Fellows here and met many of them over dinner that evening. Of course, I was hoping to find out more about Lee Krasner in the conversation and was touched that she told me that Lee was like a Mother to her. Of course, I invited Barbara to come to Springs this summer and visit some of her old stomping grounds including the amazing Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center where I am now writing.