Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots

Jackson Pollock. Number 5, 1952 (© The Pollock-Krasner Foundation ARS, NY and DA
Jackson Pollock. Number 5, 1952 (© The Pollock-Krasner Foundation ARS, NY and DACS, London 2015)

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

McNay writes: "it might be suggested that his lack of direct contact with the canvas meant there was no intermediary between it and the content of his mind – his canvas could be said to be at one with his mind. Even these seemingly chaotic paintings were the result of careful consideration, however. Pollock would often stand and contemplate his progress, and he spoke of the need to 'get acquainted' with the work and the importance of not 'losing contact' with it. For me, there is an absolute serenity to his contained chaos."