Happy 100th Birthday, Jackson Pollock

Posted filed under Abstract Art, Documentaries, USA.


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.

During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety. He was regarded as a mostly reclusive artist. 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.


Life Magazine, 1949

Pollock died at the age of 44 in an alcohol-related car accident. In December 1956, the year of his death, he was given a memorial retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, and a larger more comprehensive exhibition there in 1967. More recently, in 1998 and 1999, his work was honored with large-scale retrospective exhibitions at MoMA and at The Tate in London.

In 2000, Pollock was the subject of an Academy Award–winning film Pollock directed by and starring Ed Harris.

VIDEO: Pollock Painting (1951) – During his time with Pollock, Hans Namuth had created two films and captured more than 500 photographs of the artist.These photos were first published in 1951 in Portfolio, a journal edited by Alexey Brodovitch and Franz Zachary. After the death of Pollock in 1956, Namuth’s photos grew in popularity and were often used in articles about the painter in place of Pollock’s artwork itself.

Pollock Documentary

Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

INTERVIEW: Clement Greenberg on Jackson Pollock (BBC) – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Pollock – Trailer (2000)

Pollock (2000) Jennifer Connelly Scenes [Ending Spoiler]

Installation: Pollock In Action

Installation “Pollock In Action” took place during the Kunsthausnacht at January 27th, 2007 in the Kunsthaus Zürich (http://www.kunsthaus.ch).
“Pollock In Action” is an Action-Painting simulator. Based on Stamen’s Pollock sourcecode I built a physical interface to virtually paint like Pollock. The actual color was replaced by light. See also http://pollock.extrapixel.ch
The brush is made from wood. Inside it: Accelerometer, Arduino-mini, EasyRadio RF-Module, RGB-LEDs. The accelerometer data is transmitted to the computer over serial (over air). The computer sends back the color information for the RGB-LEDs.
The color is changed by pointing the brush into the paint buckets.
More about the Art-Transforming project: http://iad.projects.hgkz.ch/arttransforming