Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956), known as Jackson Pollock, was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting.
During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety, a major artist of his generation. Regarded as reclusive, he had a volatile personality, and struggled with alcoholism for most of his life. In 1945, he married the artist Lee Krasner, who became an important influence on his career and on his legacy.
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Pollock died at the age of 44 in an alcohol-related, single-car accident; he was driving. In December 1956, several months after his death, Pollock was given a memorial retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. A larger, more comprehensive exhibition of his work was held there in 1967. In 1998 and 1999, his work was honored with large-scale retrospective exhibitions at MoMA and at The Tate in London
The Flame – by Jackson Pollock
Autumn Rhythm – by Jackson Pollock
Blue Poles – by Jackson Pollock
Convergence – by Jackson Pollock
Easter and the Totem – by Jackson Pollock
Eyes in the Heat – by Jackson Pollock
Full Fathom Five – by Jackson Pollock
Going West – by Jackson Pollock
Gothic – by Jackson Pollock
Greyed Rainbow – by Jackson Pollock
Guardians of the Secret – by Jackson Pollock
Head – by Jackson Pollock
Landscape with Steer – by Jackson Pollock
Lavender Mist – by Jackson Pollock
Lucifer – by Jackson Pollock
Moby Dick – by Jackson Pollock
Mural – by Jackson Pollock
Number 1 – by Jackson Pollock
Number 12 – by Jackson Pollock
Number 14 gray – by Jackson Pollock
Number 27 – by Jackson Pollock
Number 32 – by Jackson Pollock
Number 5 – by Jackson Pollock
Number 8 – by Jackson Pollock
Number One – by Jackson Pollock
Ocean greyness – by Jackson Pollock
One Number, 31 – by Jackson Pollock
Out of the Web – by Jackson Pollock
Pasiphae – by Jackson Pollock
Portrait and a Dream – by Jackson Pollock
Reflection of the Big Dipper – by Jackson Pollock
Silver Over Black white Yellow and Red – by Jackson Pollock
Stenographic Figure – by Jackson Pollock
The Deep – by Jackson Pollock
The key – by Jackson Pollock
The Moon Woman Cuts the Circle – by Jackson Pollock
The She Wolf – by Jackson Pollock
There Were Seven in Eight – by Jackson Pollock
Composition – by Jackson Pollock
Untitled 4 – by Jackson Pollock
Undulating Paths – by Jackson Pollock
The Pollock-Krasner Authentication Board was created by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 1990 to evaluate newly found works for an upcoming supplement to the 1978 catalogue. In the past, however, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation has declined to be involved in authentication cases.
In 2003, twenty-four Pollock-esque paintings and drawings were found in a locker in Wainscott, New York. An inconclusive debate continues about whether or not these works are Pollock originals. Physicists have argued over whether fractals can be used to authenticate the paintings. This would require an analysis of geometric consistency of the paint splatters in Pollock’s work at a microscopic level, and would be measured against the finding that patterns in Pollock’s paintings increased in complexity with time. Analysis of the paintings by researchers at Harvard University showed the presence in one painting of a synthetic pigment that was not patented until the 1980s, and materials in two others that were not available in Pollock’s lifetime. In 2007 a traveling museum exhibition of the paintings was mounted and was accompanied by a comprehensive book, Pollock Matterswritten by Ellen G. Landau, one of the four sitting scholars from the former Pollock Krasner Foundation authentication panel from the 1990s and Claude Cernuschi, a scholar in Abstract Expressionism. In the book, Ellen Landau demonstrates the many connections between the family that owns the paintings and Jackson Pollock during his lifetime in order to place the paintings in what she believes to be their proper historic context. Landau also presents the forensic findings of Harvard University and presents possible explanations for the forensic inconsistencies that were found in three of the 24 paintings.
In 2006 a documentary, Who the *$&% Is Jackson Pollock? was made concerning Teri Horton, a truck driver who in 1992 bought an abstract painting for five dollars at a thrift store in California. This work may be a lost Pollock painting but its authenticity is debated.
Untitled 1950, which the New York-based Knoedler Gallery had sold in 2007 for $17 million to Pierre Lagrange, a London hedge-fund multi-millionaire, was subject to an authenticity suit before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Done in the painter’s classic drip-and-splash style and signed “J. Pollock,” the modest-size painting (15 inches by 281 1/2 inches) was found to contain yellow paint pigments not commercially available until about 1970.
The suit was settled in a confidential agreement in 2012.
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