Jackson Pollock @ Tate Liverpool

Jackson Pollock, Number 14, 1951, oil paint on canvas (© The Pollock-Krasner Fou
Jackson Pollock, Number 14, 1951, oil paint on canvas (© The Pollock-Krasner Foundation ARS, NY and DACS, London 2015)

John Bunker reviews reviews Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots at Tate Liverpool, on view through October 18, 2015.

Bunker writes: "... the ‘Black Pourings’ that are the throbbing dark heart of this exhibition. Crude materiality and brooding imagery seems to be answering something very different but equally ‘… deep seated in contemporary sensibility.’ Pollock’s ‘gothic- ness’ that had always disturbed Greenberg re-emerges to assert its power. But these black works have gained some kind of momentum, some new kind of febrile and focused intensity. They seem to be an attempt at extreme synthesis rather than meticulous refinement; a synthesis of personal obsessive renderings of the fragmented body, that had always lay hidden in the ‘all-over’ works, combined with, and intensified by, the technical innovations he had made while working upon the drip-based paintings."

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