I went to the Tate Modern yesterday, with someone very dear to me. I hadn’t met her for quite a few years so it was quite a reunion. We had a great time, I got to see Pollock again, and the Rothko room. There was Picabia but unfortunately you needed to pay to go in.
Nude Descending a Staircase II, Marcel DuChamp, 1912
I have written about him before so I don’t need to say any more, except it is a pity I couldn’t go in to see the works.
I must draw everyone’s attention to this though:
Jackson Pollock 1912-1956
Number 14 1951
Enamel on canvas
support: 1465 x 2695 mm frame: 1493 x 2721 x 63 mm
Purchased with assistance from the American Fellows of the Tate Gallery Foundation 1988
By 1951, Pollock had achieved considerable success with his dripped and poured abstract painting, and was widely regarded as the leading young American artist. Perhaps fearing that he was reaching an impasse in his work, he embarked on a series of black and white paintings in which figures emerge, as they had in his early works. After rolling the canvas out on the floor, he would apply the paint – usually industrial enamel paint – with sticks and basting syringes, which he wielded ‘like a giant fountain pen’, according to his wife, Lee Krasner.
‘Awesome’ Rock on Jackson