Jackson Pollock

1912–1956

Jackson Pollock, ‘Summertime: Number 9A’ 1948
Summertime: Number 9A 1948
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Conrad Atkinson, ‘Thanx Jackson’ 1988
Conrad Atkinson
Thanx Jackson 1988
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Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956), known professionally as Jackson Pollock, was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting.

During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety; he was a major artist of his generation. Regarded as reclusive, 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.

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

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MixTate: Conor Thomas on Jackson Pollock

For the sixth in the series, Manchester-based DJ Conor Thomas takes inspiration from Jackson Pollock’s Summertime: Number 9A 1948

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Modern Paint Podcast - Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock Summertime Number 9A 1948

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Katie Guggenheim Recordings - Jackson Pollock

Working with six actors and using published interviews as scripts, artist Katie Guggenheim re-staged conversations with some of the twentieth ...

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