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Creator Name: Pollock, Jackson
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1912-1956
Creator Name-CRT: Jackson Pollock
Title: Number 27, 1950
Title Type: Title
Title: Number 27
Title Type: Title Variation
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1950
Creation End Date: 1950
Creation Date: 1950
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 49 x 106 in.(124.46 x 269.24 cm. )
AMICA Contributor: Whitney Museum of American Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 53.12
Credit Line: Purchase
Copyright: ? Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Context - Person: Janis, Sidney, Ltd.
Context - Person: Pollock Jackson
Context - Date: 1950 - 1950
Context: Jackson Pollock's abstract fusions of line, color, and movement have had a seminal influence on successive generations of artists. Since the late 194os, his art has been considered the pivotal manifestation of Abstract Expressionism, or Action Painting, as his form of it is known. In the years following World War II, it was Pollock and his contemporaries -among them, Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, and David Smith - who elevated American art to international prominence. Number 27 (the number refers roughly to its sequence in the artist's yearly production) is situated at a midpoint in the series of drip paintings and drawings Pollock made between 1947 and 1953, which are considered his consummate achievements. He stood above an unprimed, unstretched canvas spread out on the floor; with a paint-loaded brush or stick he proceeded to fling the paint onto the canvas surface. Skeins of paint had earlier been used by Hans Hoffmann, the Surrealists, and others, but Pollock's sustained and ambitious mastery of this technique appropriated it as his own. In Pollock's new painterly syntax, distinctions of line and mass, color and surface, figure and ground were eliminated. He transformed thought and process into action by externalizing his subconscious. 'I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them,' he explained. In Number 27, he created exquisitely balanced vistas of paint through line, distinguished by a marvelous use of bright colors within a darker tracery. Exactly what he was expressing remains indefinable. 'When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It is only after a sort of 'get acquainted' period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.' On another occasion, when asked by Hans Hoffmann if he worked from nature, Pollock replied simply, 'I am nature.'
Context - Person: Patterson Sims
Context - Date: 1985
Context - Place: Catalog: 'Whitney Museum of American Art: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection'
Context - Place: Publisher:Catalog: Whitney Museum of American Art
Exhibition History: Jackson Pollock (2002)
Exhibition History: Abject Art
Exhibition History: "In a Classical Vein: Selections from the Permanent Collection"
Exhibition History: "Views from Abroad"- (1a in NY, with Stedelijk)
Exhibition History: "Beat Culture and the New America: 1950-1965"
Exhibition History: "Views From Abroad" 3a (NY-Tate)
Exhibition History: Jackson Pollock
Exhibition History: The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000 (Part I)
Exhibition History: The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000 (Part II)
Exhibition History: Highlights from the Permanent Collection: From Hopper to Mid-Century
Exhibition History: Highlights from the Permanent Collection: From Pollock to Today
Related Multimedia Description: Antenna Audio: Permanent Collection Tour
Link to Multimedia: WMAA.AA200101.01.mp3
AMICA ID: WMAA.53.12
Component Measured: object
Measurement Dimension: height
Measurement Value: 124.46
Measurement Unit: cm
Measurement Dimension: width
Measurement Value: 269.24
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright Whitney Museum of American Art
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