Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots at Tate Liverpool

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Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots at Tate Liverpool

Jackson Pollock (1912–56) is widely considered to be one of the most influential and provocative American artists of the twentieth century. Pollock famously pioneered action painting, a process that saw him drip paint on canvases resting on the studio floor. Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots at Tate Liverpool is the first exhibition in more than 30 years to explore the artist’s black pourings, a lesser known but extremely influential part of his practice. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see the largest number of Pollocks black pourings ever assembled in the UK, with some never before seen in this country.

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Created after nearly four years of colourful, lyrical and non-figurative drip paintings, the black pourings marked a major turning point in Pollocks style. Feeling compelled to re-invigorate himself and his practice during a difficult period in his life, it was a deliberate move from his defining ‘drip’ technique to a new ‘pour’.

Yellow Islands 1952 by Jackson Pollock 1912-1956 Image courtesy of Tate Liverpool

This exhibition will take visitors on a journey through the artist’s career, starting with a room featuring a selection of his iconic drip paintings from 1947–49 as an introduction to the black pourings period, 1951–53. Exhibiting works from the peak of the artist’s fame alongside his lesser known work offers viewers the opportunity to appreciate Pollocks broader ambitions as an artist and better understand the importance of the ‘blind spots’ in his practice.

Summertime: Number 9A 1948 by Jackson Pollock 1912-1956Image courtesy of Tate Liverpool

Presented alongside the black pourings will be drawings from the same period, as well as a number of virtually unknown and rarely seen sculptures, offering a new perspective on the work of one of the most famous artists of the twentieth century.

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots
Tate Liverpool: Exhibition
30 June – 18 October 2015

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