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Entries in Jackson Pollock (6)

Wednesday
Jun062018

Did You Know?

Jackson Pollock often used cigarettes to paint.

Wednesday
Apr182018

Quote of the Day

“Every good painter paints what he is.” - Jackson Pollock 

Wednesday
May212014

Did You Know?

Jackson Pollock often used cigarettes to paint. And...his paintings are filled with cigarette butts, tacks, and all manner of items we might call garbage.

Monday
Aug202012

Did You Know?

The most expensive painting that ever sold in the history of art is Jackson Pollock's "No. 5, 1948". It sold in a private sale in 2006 for a staggering 140 million dollars, exceeding the sale of Gustav Klimt's 1907 "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I" by around 5 million dollars. Although Pollock enjoyed recognition during his life, he never made much money with his art. And, recognition doesn’t put food on the table.

Wednesday
Aug082012

Modern Art Was Cia 'Weapon'

Brois Kustodiev (click photo for larger image)The following link will take you to an older--but nonetheless interesting--article, on the CIA’s use of artists’ works as propaganda, during the Cold War:

“The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art - including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko - as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince - except that it acted secretly - the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years...."

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Considering that the general American public was not particlarly interested in modern art (or the work of the postmodernists noted above), the choice, on the part of the CIA, to use them actually demonstrates a certain sensitivity to the work that hadn’t yet been instilled in the population at large, in this country. Abstract Expressionism was certainly different from Soviet art. A documentary was released in 1995 that focused on this topic. The title is “Hidden Hands: Painting with the Enemy” and it’s listed on the IMDB. But, I haven’t been able to locate it. Maybe you’ll have better luck!

Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin (click photo for larger image)

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