Charles and Jackson Pollock
The Society of the Four Arts
Charles Pollock (b. Denver, Colorado, 1902–1988) was the eldest of five boys (his youngest brother was Jackson, b. Cody, Wyoming, 1912–1956). Charles moved to New York in 1926 to study under Regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League and in 1930 persuaded 18-year-old Jackson to join him.
Each was strongly influenced by Benton and both were admirers of the Mexican muralists, but while Charles adopted Benton’s American scene painting, Jackson was more interested in the symbolic and mythical content of the Mexicans.
In addition to approximately 70 paintings and works on paper by ‘Pollock the Elder’, the exhibition presents a small, even intimate selection of works revealing a Jackson Pollock little known to the general public: paintings, drawings including one of only two surviving notebooks of the 1950s (only once shown in public before), his sole surviving sculpture, virtually his entire production of prints (monotypes, etchings produced in the studio of Stanley William Hayter and silkscreens of his ‘black paintings’ created with the help of another brother, Sanford McCoy), and a pair of low four-legged, paint-spattered stools immortalized in photographs by Hans Namuth and Arnold Newman of Pollock at work in his long Island barn-studio
Gallery admission is $10 and free for members and children 14 and younger. Tickets are available at the gallery box office or online.
The exhibition is The Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery: North, Main and South Galleries.
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