Donald Wigal

Jackson Pollock

Born in 1912, in a small town in Wyoming, Jackson Pollock embodied the American dream as the country found itself confronted with the realities of a modern era replacing the fading nineteenth century. Pollock left home in search of fame and fortune in New York City. Thanks to the Federal Art Project he quickly won acclaim, and after the Second World War became the biggest art celebrity in America. For De Kooning, Pollock was the “icebreaker”. For Max Ernst and Masson, Pollock was a fellow member of the European Surrealist movement. And for Motherwell, Pollock was a legitimate candidate for the status of the Master of the American School. During the many upheavals in his life in Nez York in the 1950s and 60s, Pollock lost his bearings – success had simply come too fast and too easily. It was during this period that he turned to alcohol and disintegrated his marriage to Lee Krasner. His life ended like that of 50s film icon James Dean behind the wheel of his Oldsmobile, after a night of drinking.
101 printed pages
Original publication
2006

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    Many of the events in Pollock’s life and much of his radically new art proved to be mystically profane and ugly, yet awesome. At times the artist, like his art, appears to be innocent, graceful and sensitive. At the same time, his life and art might seem to be crude, macho and abrasive. The biographer Andrea Gabor considers him to be “brilliant and naïve, gentle and aggressive, vulnerable and destructive.”
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    Many of the events in Pollock’s life and much of his radically new art proved to be mystically profane and ugly, yet awesome.
    Catherine Annie Tatehas quotedlast year
    . Untitled (Self-portrait), 1931-1935.

    2. T.P.’s Boat in Menemsha Pond, c.1934.

    3. Going West, 1934-1935.

    4. Untitled (Woman), c.1935-1938.

    5. Untitled (Naked Man with a Knife), c.1938-1940.

    6. The Moon Woman, 1942.

    7. The Mad Moon Woman, 1941.

    8. The She-Wolf, 1943.

    9. Pasiphaë, c.1943.

    10. The Moon-Woman Cuts the Circle, c.1943.

    11. Stenographic Figure, c.1942.

    12. Blue (Moby Dick), c.1943.

    13. Mural, 1943-1944.

    14. Gothic, 1944.

    15. Number 3, 1949: Tiger, 1949.

    16. Full Fathom Five, 1947.

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