Jackson Pollock

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Key Features
Post World War 2:1940’s- 50’s
Moved focus of art from Paris to New York

-From Dan’s presentation 2 weeks ago we know that the build up to and the eventual outbreak of WW2 with Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1933 led to the collapse of Bauhaus.
-There was then a massive exodus of talent out of Germany to USA, RUSSIA, ENGLAND and France.
-Walter Gropius [founder of Bauhaus], architect
-George Grosz, designer
-Otto Dix, Expressionist painter all move to the US
-In America the work of the psychoanalysts Carl Jung, Reich and Sigmund Freud had a great following
-as did the works of philosophers and writers such as, Jean Paul Sartre, Samuel Becket, and... View More »

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Along side Pollock other equally important artists Willem De Kooning, Philip Guston, Robert Motherwell and Adolf Gotlieb.
Pollock was introduced to the use of liquid paint by Mexican Muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros
-Action Painting/ Gestural Abstraction [art as an act process rather than product]
-style of painting where paint is spontaneously dribbled, splashed, smeared onto canvas, canvas is an arena on which to act Pollock used his whole body to paint
-Physical act of painting is an essential aspect of the finished work
-finished painting is a physical manifestation, residue, of actual work of art
‘Action’ was the spontaneous activity of the artist
-painter would let paint drip onto canvases, often dancing around or standing on canvases
- paint would fall where the subconscious mind wills, letting subconscious part of the psyche express itself. Some of these ideas relate to the ideas of Freud and Jung
In some of Jackson Pollock’s paintings one can find cigarette stubs
-supposedly in a trance and if he had the instinctive impulse to throw cigarette to the floor he would, allowing the canvas to take the place of the ground
-The act is spontaneous, the effect is to give a sense of immediacy, of living in the moment
“My painting does not come from the easel. I prefer to tack the unstretched canvas to the hard wall or the floor. I need the resistance of a hard surface. On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer more part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the ...

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