Based on a symposium held in 1999 during The Museum of Modern Art's retrospective, this volume presents nine critical essays offering dramatically different ways of understanding Pollock's art and influence. The essays reveal not just the richness of Pollock's work, but also the vitality and diversity of contemporary criticism. The essays were written by Robert Storr, Pepe Karmel, James Coddington and Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, Kirk Varnedoe, T. J. Clark, Jeremy Lewison, Rosalind Krauss, and Anne Wagner.
Jackson Pollock is widely considered the most challenging and influential American artist of the 20th century. In his revolutionary paintings of the late 1940s, he dripped paint into complex webs of interlacing lines, rhythmically punctuated by pools of color. With their all-over composition, apparent abstraction and spontaneous but controlled paint handling, these powerful works announced the emergence of abstract expressionism.
Kirk Varnedoe, formerly chief curator of the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, is professor of historical studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University.
Robert Storr is a curator, artist and critic who is the Dean of the Art School at Yale University. Among his many books is Modern Despite Modernism.