How Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists Created a New Visual Language

In 1950, a group of artists wrote an open letter to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. A survey exhibition was slated to open at the museum, “American Painting Today—1950,” but when the group took a look at the jury for the artist selection process, they deduced that it would almost certainly include only the more conventional art of the Met’s then-conservative tastes. The letter claimed the museum was dismissing the pioneering work done in “modern,” “advanced” modes of art that they had been practicing since the early 1940s.

Their protest would prompt a rift in American art, between the various forms of abstraction they practiced—which were supported by the Museum of Modern Art and its director Alfred H. Barr, Jr.—and the realist art that the Met curators considered the highest expression of 20th-century American painting.

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via What Is Abstract Expressionism?

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The Artsy Podcast, No. 62: The Myth of Jackson Pollock and the Masterpiece Created in One Night

This month on the Artsy Podcast, we’re translating four of our readers’ favorite art-historical stories into audio. On this episode: the dramatic story behind Jackson Pollock’s largest painting, why it’s undoubtedly exaggerated—and why that doesn’t diminished its significance in the famed Abstract Expressionist’s oeuvre.

Hopefully you can listen to the podcast here Mural: Jackson Pollock, 1943

If not, the below YouTube vidis quite interesting or you can click the link to the source on Artsy, also below.

via The Artsy Podcast, No. 62: The Myth of Jackson Pollock and the Masterpiece Created in One Night

A Portrait and a Dream

Featured image: A Portrait and a Dream (1953) By Jackson Pollock

I was just reading an article that someone had posted about the featured image and it really got my back up.  I absolutely hate it when people say “my kids could do that”,  I really would like to see that.  I might be being a bit biased as I love and admire the work of Jackson Pollock.  I see something in it that I don’t in other works by other artists.

I would spend a lot longer looking at Summertime and being moved by it than I would if you put me in front of the Mona Lisa.

Summertime: Number 9A 1948 by Jackson Pollock 1912-1956
Summertime: Number 9A 1948 Jackson Pollock 1912-1956 Purchased 1988 Tate Modern

I remember the first time I saw the painting in London, I didn’t even know it was being exhibited there and the feelings of emotions sent shivers down my spine.

This method of painting is not about throwing paint at the canvas and hoping for the best, there is so much more to it than that.  It’s about being one with the paint, the canvas and forming shapes, lines, and movements which are controlled into what can be a beautiful piece of art.

 

 

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The Olive Branch By James Presley

 

 

I know that Pollock worked on some of his paintings for months and others he did overnight, but he must have had something because there are still many people who would give anything to have an original.

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Something – Out there! By James Presley

 

 

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Birth By Jackson Pollock

 

 

Why Pay for a Pollock When You Can Have a Presley?

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Ok, same initials: James Presley, Jackson Pollock.

The Same birthday just different year, James Presley: 28/01/1970, Jackson Pollock: 28/01/1912.

Similar techniques, no copying.

Jackson Pollock’s most expensive painting: $165.4m

James Presley: $929

Jackson Pollock’s cheapest painting: roughly $3000

James Presley: $51

Everybody wants to make it as an artist when they are alive, but it’s so difficult as there are so many brilliant artists out there and everyone is looking for their own unique style.

The truth is, I paint how I do, I wasn’t influenced, I started painting like this, way before I had ever heard of Jackson Pollock.  In fact, when I started painting I knew nothing about art at all.  I knew names and certain pictures and had been to galleries and exhibitions, but had never heard of Jackson Pollock.

So is it a coincidence, or am I the reincarnation?  Spooky, eh?

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I found out about him in 2001 when I had a girlfriend from America who introduced me to the Pollock film.  The way he was portrayed by Ed Harris in it had me connecting with the artist and his art straight away.  But, I had started painting before I saw that film.

By the way, I have only been to America once and that was to South Dakota and while I was there I visited Wyoming, where Jackson Pollock is from, but I was nowhere near Cody, WY.

In summary, if you want to purchase art similar to Pollock then visit James Presley’s website to get it for a fraction of the price, but be careful, because if he makes it big he might be knocking Pollock’s prices out of the park.  Another great thing, he is still living, so you can even ask him to do commissions. 🙂  Oh yeah, you don’t have to bid, you can buy it for the price you see.

Blue Mist Cat

“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made a slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”     —Mark Twain

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“The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.”  —Paula Poundstone (comedian)

I had to open with a couple of cat quotes just because I love cats so much.  They are my favourite animal of all the creatures of the earth whatever their size.

Here is my latest painting, which I have done straight onto a piece of unstretched canvas using acrylic paint and ink.  I use to paint that way all of the time, but then I didn’t have the room so I was forced to paint on small areas.  Now, as luck would have it, I am fortunate enough to have a bit more space (could do with an aircraft hanger) so I got a roll of canvas.

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Blue Mist Cat

Please let me know what you think.