Oil on Linen over Panel, 14 x 22 1/2 in. (35.6 x 57.1 cm)
Note from Hilary Harkness:
It's November 8th, 1943 at Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century gallery in New York City.
Final preparations are being made for the opening of Jackson Pollock's show the following day. Art handlers are forced to wait while Lee Krasner, who has set her career aside to paint for Jackson while he drinks, finishes "The Moon Woman." Meanwhile, Jackson experiences the advent of his drip paintings and Peggy cuts a deal while stitching shut the dress of her daughter Pegeen (age 18). Pegeen is wearing Meret Oppenheim's "Fur Gloves with Wooden Fingers." It was a tense mother-daughter relationship as they competed for men. I included artists and artworks from this time period that weren't included or made famous by Peggy Guggenheim. Behind Jackson stands Jacob Lawrence. Though already famous for his Great Migration series, Lawrence was drafted into the U.S. Coast Guard only a few weeks prior to Jackson's show (Jackson had dodged military service by acting mentally unstable). Bill Traylor, virtually unknown in 1943, pedals his work in the elevator.
The anonymous art handlers' sex acts were inspired by early works of Tom of Finland and other vintage porn.Lee Krasner is depicted as black for many reasons, including that my wife Ara modeled for this figure. She is my favorite model. Within the fantastical universe of my paintings, her skin tone remains accurate.