Robert Arneson / Myth of the Western Man (Head) / 1986Robert Arneson
Myth of the Western Man (Head)

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Creator Name: Arneson, Robert
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1930
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Benicia, CA
Creator Name-CRT: Robert Arneson
Title: Myth of the Western Man (Head)
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1986
Creation End Date: 1986
Creation Date: 1986
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: ceramic
Dimensions: Overall: 221.6cm x 161.3cm x 150.5cm, Head: 51.4cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1987.55.a
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Copyright: Art: © Artist or Artist's Estate/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Provenance: (Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York).

Jackson Pollock (1912??Æ????ø???ø?øâ?¬Å¡???¬???ø?øâ???¬??â??1956), the famous Abstract Expressionist painter, is the subject of Robert Arneson's Myth of the Western Man. This work is the largest of a series of 50 sculpted portraits, begun in 1982, in which Arneson explored the complexities of the life, death, art, and myth of Pollock, who died in an automobile accident in 1956. The piece is also part of a larger body of work that pays tribute to artists Arneson admired. Compelling and expressive, the huge portrait depicts Pollock with an unwavering stare that confronts the viewer. Cracks running throughout the ceramic head recall the random, all-over patterns characteristic of Pollock's 'drip' compositions, in which he poured and splattered paint directly onto a canvas laid on the floor. Arneson's monumental sculpture sits atop a carved redwood pedestal and a painted platform that is littered with ceramic cigarette butts and bits of paper and paint??Æ????ø???ø?øâ?¬Å¡???¬???ø?øâ???¬????all meant to simulate the floor of Pollock's studio.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1987.55.a
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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