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Explosion! The Legacy of Jackson Pollock

Rob Ford, Canadian politician. Allan Kaprow, who died on April 5 aged 78, was the artist and art theorist who coined the term “happening” in the jacksonn s, and was a precursor of many of the installation and performance artists of today. In the last seventy-five years the random play of the hand upon the canvas or paper has become increasingly important.

And, more than the others associated with the Surrealists, such real talents as Picasso, Klee, and Miro belong to the stricter discipline of Cubism; perhaps this pollodk why their work appears to us, paradoxically, more free.

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Pollock’s near destruction of this tradition may well. If the end had to come, it came at the wrong time. Yet the distance between the relatively self-contained works of the Europeans and the seemingly chaotic, sprawling works of the American indicates at best a tenuous connection to “paintings.

We could not avoid seeing that during the last five years of his life his strength had weakened, and during the last three he had hardly worked at all.

Allan Kaprow

They will discover out of ordinary things the meaning of ordinariness. Yves Klein, Anthropometry, Princess Helena, Under Hoffman’s tutelage Kaprow began to develop an expressive style of action painting, based on real landscapes and figures, which was to be a precursor to his “happenings”.


Photograph by Hans Namuth. But this form allows us equal pleasure in participating in a delirium, a deadening of the reasoning faculties, a loss of “self” in the Western sense of the term. It was this bizarre implication that was so moving.

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What we have, then, is art that tends to lose itself out of bounds, tends to fill our world with itself, art that in meaning, looks, impulse seems to break fairly sharply with the traditions of painters back to at least the Greeks.

And those of us still resistant to this truth would end the same way, hardly at the top. It has been seen how Pollock came pretty close to doing so himself.

They miss the point, and misunderstanding is bound to follow. But given the proper approach, a medium-sized exhibition space with the walls totally covered by Pollocks offers the most complete and meaningful sense of kaptow art possible.

If we examine a few of the innovations mentioned above, it may be possible to see why this is so.

It was surely a manifestly human reaction on the part of those of us who were devoted to the most advanced artists around us and who felt the shock of being thrown out on our own. Allan Kaprow is survived by his second wife, Coryl Crane, and by two sons and two daughters.

The painterly aspects of his contemporaries, such as Motherwell, Hofmann, de Kooning, Rothko, and even Still, point up at one moment a deficiency in him and pillock another moment a liberating feature. America was celebrating a “sanity in art” movement, and the flags were out.

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Not satisfied with the suggestion through paint of our other senses, we shall utilize the specific substances of sight, sound, movements, people, odors, touch. But out of nothing they will devise the extraordinary and then maybe nothingness as well.


Strokes, smears, lines, dots became less and less. The innovations are accepted. Janine Antoni, Loving Care, Performance. It was probably this sacrificial side of Pollock that lay at the root of our depression. Since the exhibition includes action rather than focusing exclusively on painting, performance and documentation of performance are a vital part of the material that is presented, not least the footage of Jackson Pollock, Yves Klein and the group Gutai painting in their performance-like painting acts, which have provoked much artistic controversy.

At any rate, for now we may consider that, except for rare instances, Western art tends to need many more indirections in achieving itself, placing more or less equal emphasis upon “things” and the relations between them. Populist Right-wing former Mayor of Toronto whose drunken antics scandalised his fellow citizens. But now it was our time, and a man some of us knew.

Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. This discovery has led to remarks that his art gives the impression of going on forever—a true insight that suggests how Pollock ignored the confines of the rectangular field in favor of a kapfow going in all directions simultaneously, beyond the literal dimensions of any work.

One colored shape balanced or modified or stimulated others, and these in turn were played off against or with the whole canvas, taking into account its size and shape—for the most part quite consciously. Every artist worth his salt has “discovered” these things.