Jackson Pollock: 1934-1954 @ MoMA

Jackson Pollock, Untitled, 1945, pastel, gouache and ink on paper, 30 5/8 x 22 3
Jackson Pollock, Untitled, 1945, pastel, gouache and ink on paper, 30 5/8 x 22 3/8 inches (The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, 1958 © 2015 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

Natasha Kurchanova reviews Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934-1954 at Museum of Modern Art, New York, on view through March 13, 2016.

Kurchanova writes: "Apart from large canvases covered by Pollock’s signature all-over web of patterned, dripped or sculpted paint, a range of his smaller abstract paintings adds complexity to our understanding of his work as that of an 'action' painter... Pollock’s active engagement with printing presents his achievement as a painter to us from a completely different angle and complicates the understanding of his work as based in physical action and unmediated involvement of the artist’s hand. Printing is as much a mechanical process as it is a handcrafted one. Knowing that Pollock used it continuously in the course of his career makes us reconsider the significance of unmediated physical involvement with material frequently attributed to his work."