By joannearnold, Sep 30 2012 01:01PM
Way out in East Hampton, Long Island, sits the Jackson Pollock/ Lee Krasner home and studio. I recently visited this National Historic Landmark which is a modest home and a studio that was built from a converted storage barn. The main attraction is Pollock’s studio floor on which he created his most celebrated abstract expressionistic work.
Pollock’s most productive and prolific time was 1947-1952. The studio floor surface was covered in 1953 as a renovation. Well after his death the floor was uncovered. It proved to be a treasure as it depicts colors and gestures from many of his masterpieces.
David & I day tripped it with our Long Island friends, Howie and Lori Sklar. We booked an hour long tour of the house and studio. When visiting the studio we were required to take our shoes off and wear spongy slip-ons provided by the museum. There were about 15 people on the tour and we had plenty of time to observe the studio. It showed his paints, brushes and work shoes. It became Lee Krasner’s studio after she was widowed.
The home was charming and sparse. I was pleased that it felt familiar. I remember the film “Pollock” (in 2000) and scenes from the location. I will definitely watch the film again with attention to the settings.
It was a treat to drive out from Smithtown. We returned via Shelter Island to the north shore of Long Island passing and stopping at many farm stands. Much of the charm from Pollock’s era is still evident today. The Parrish Art Museum is soon moving to Water Mill, LI. I’m sure it’ll be another day trip with the Sklars in the not so distant future.