Jackson Pollock

Summertime: Number 9A


Not on display
Jackson Pollock 1912–1956
Oil paint, enamel paint and commercial paint on canvas
Support: 848 x 5550 mm
frame: 885 x 5590 x 73 mm
Purchased 1988

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In 1945, Pollock moved from New York City to Long Island. His studio was a converted barn without heating or lighting. Pollock’s aim to work directly from his unconscious led to a radical process of dripping and pouring paint over large canvases placed flat on the ground. The rhythms in Summertime reflect his belief that ‘The modern artist ... is working and expressing an inner world - in other words expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces’. Several commentators have suggested that a frieze of figures lies under the abstract web of paint in this work.

Gallery label, November 2005

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Film and audio

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

Modern Paint Podcast - Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock Summertime Number 9A 1948


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