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This discovery has led to remarks that his art gives the impression of going on forever—a true insight that suggests how Pollock ignored the confines of the rectangular field in favor of a continuum going in all directions simultaneously, beyond the literal dimensions of any work. They miss the point, and misunderstanding is bound to follow.

In retrospect, most of the Surrealist painters appear to have derived from a psychology book or from each other: The tragic news of Pollock’s death two jacksno ago was profoundly depressing to many of us. It was surely a manifestly human reaction on the part of those of us who were devoted to the most advanced artists around us and who felt the shock of being thrown out jacckson our own.

It may be that our need to identify with the process, the making of the whole affair, prevents a concentration on the specifics of before and behind so important in a more traditional art. His heroic stand had been futile. But from Impressionism up to, say, Gorky, the idea of an “order” to these markings was explicit enough.

Allan Kaprow

Yves Klein, Anthropometry, Princess Helena, We could not avoid seeing that during the last five years of his life his strength had weakened, and during the last three he had hardly worked at all.

Museum of Osaka University. I hazard the guess that Pollock may have vaguely sensed this but was unable, because of illness or for other reasons, to do anything about it. And, more than the others associated with the Surrealists, such real talents as Picasso, Klee, and Miro belong to the stricter discipline of Cubism; perhaps this is why their work appears to us, paradoxically, more free.


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Not only will these bold creators show us, as it lor the first time, the world we have always had about us but ignored, but they will disclose entirely unheard-of happenings and events, found in garbage cans, police files, hotel lobbies; seen in store windows and on the streets; and sensed in dreams and horrible accidents.

Before a painting, our size as spectators, in relation to the size of the picture, profoundly influences how much we are willing to give up consciousness of our temporal existence while experiencing it.

Not all the roads of this modern art lead to ideas of finality. But I used the words “almost absolute” when I spoke of the diaristic gesture as distinct from the process of judging each move upon the canvas. Pollock, as I see him, left us at the point where we must become preoccupied with and even dazzled by the space and objects of our everyday life, either our bodies, clothes, rooms, or, if need be, the vastness of Forty-second Street.

Allan Kaprow – Telegraph

Allan Kaprow, who died on April 5 aged 78, was the artist and art theorist who coined the term “happening” in the late s, and was a precursor of many of the installation and performance artists of today. Calling himself an “un-artist”, Kaprow and others began staging further “happenings” in car parks, lofts, classrooms, shops and other unusual locations.

The crudeness of Jackson Pollock is not, therefore, uncouth; it is manifestly frank and uncultivated, unsullied by training, trade secrets, finesse—a directness that the European artists he liked hoped for and partially succeeded in but that he never had to strive after because he had it by nature.

One colored shape balanced or modified or stimulated others, and these in turn were played off against or with the whole canvas, taking into account its size and shape—for the most part quite consciously. What we felt then was genuine enough, but our tribute, if it was that at all, was a limited one. In Europe, they exhibited together with artists from the nebulous artist group Zero, also featured in Explosion!


It was probably this sacrificial side of Pollock that lay at the root of our depression. But there was another, morbid, side to his meaningfulness. But now it was our time, and a man some of us knew.

Later this week A Bigger Splash: Young artists of today need no longer say, “I am a painter” or “a poet” or “a dancer. Photograph by Hans Namuth. Rob Ford, Canadian politician.

Even if doors were opened to all techniques, much of the new art — happenings, performance and conceptualism — sprang from new approaches to painting.

Notes Jackson Pollock, untitled, ca.

It has been seen how Pollock came pretty close to doing so himself. Was it not perfectly clear that modern art in general was slipping?

In short, part-to-whole or part-to-part relationships, no matter how strained, were a good 50 percent of the making of a picture most of the time they were polkock lot more, maybe 90 percent. This was his conscious artistry at work, and it makes him a part of the traditional community of painters. The visitors, whose tickets allocated them specific seats in each room at particular times, would then observe several different allwn, including a girl squeezing oranges, an artist lighting matches and painting, and an orchestra of toy instruments.

Kazuo Shiraga painted with his feet, suspended by ropes above the canvas, Shozo Shimamoto hurled paint-filled glass bottles at his legqcy, and Niki de Saint Phalle fired a rifle at her panels that she had prepared with balloons of paint under layers of plaster. In Britain the Liverpudlian poet and painter Adrian Henri began organising “happenings” in his home town, and in June an audience of 7, was witness to a “Poetry Incarnation” at the Albert Hall.