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Jackson Pollock (1912 - 1956)

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Autumn Rhythm (1950) - Jackson Pollock

Abstract expressionism was an American post-World War II art movement. It was the first specifically American movement to achieve worldwide influence and also the one that put New York City at the center of the art world, a role formerly filled by Paris. It was followed by Pop art which re-introduced playfulness which was sorely lacking in Abstract expressionism. [Apr 2006]


Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956) was an influential American artist and a major force in the abstract expressionism movement. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Pollock [Apr 2005]

House paint

POLLOCK: He flung paint—sometimes ordinary house paint

Jan. 5, 1948

The Big Dripper's Opening

By Richard Lacayo

Jackson Pollock couldn't sleep. The next night would see the opening of the first gallery show devoted to his new drip paintings. For months he had flung lashing tangles of color onto canvases laid across the floor—literally slapdash, yet as intricately woven as a Persian rug, his pictures pointed the way to the future—or would if anyone noticed. So Pollock sat up late with his sister-in-law. To comfort him, she read his palm. He was going to be a very famous painter, she promised him. --Richard Lacayo, 80 days that changed the world, Time website, accessed Apr 2004

Clement Greenberg [...]

Clement Greenberg (1909-1994) was an influential American art critic who was closely associated with the instituationalization of abstract art in the United States. In particular he promoted the Abstract Expressionist movement led by Jackson Pollock.

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