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Ellen G. Landau, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emerita in the Humanities, Case Western Reserve University, is currently an independent art historian and curator based in Pasadena, California.
Important publications by Dr. Landau are Jackson Pollock (1989); Lee Krasner: A Catalogue Raisonné (1995); Reading Abstract Expressionism (2005), a study of Abstract Expressionist historiography and criticism; and Mexico and American Modernism (2013), a new interpretation of the impact of Mexico on Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Philip Guston, and Isamu Noguchi.
Major curatorial projects include Artists for Victory (Library of Congress); a joint Pollock/Krasner retrospective in Switzerland; exploration of the artistic relationship between Pollock and photographer-designer Herbert Matter in Boston, and a traveling retrospective of painter and noted arts educator, Mercedes Matter. Recent essays include two texts in conjunction with the Getty's 2013 showing of Pollock's Mural for Peggy Guggenheim; Elaine and Willem de Kooning's self-portraits and portraits of each other for Women of Abstract Expressionism (Denver Art Museum); Motherwell's relationship with the Surrealists (Archives of American Art Journal); Hans Hofmann in the 1940s (Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive); and Krasner's Hofmann School drawings (Kasmin Gallery, New York).