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Not satisfied with the suggestion through paint of our other senses, we shall utilize the specific substances of sight, sound, movements, people, odors, touch.

Allan Kaprow

Pollock, interrupting his thee, would judge his “acts” very shrewdly and carefully for long periods before going into another “act.

We felt not only a sadness over the death of a great figure, but also a deep loss, as if something of ourselves had died too. Notes Jackson Pollock, untitled, ca.

People will be delighted or horrified, critics will be confused or amused, but these, I am certain, will be the alchemies of the s. After the term “happening” became almost universal, Kaprow stopped creating his large public events, choosing instead to arrange “activities”, more intimate artistic experiments involving people breathing into each other’s mouths, sweeping the street or going shopping.

Painting After Performance opens thf Tate Modern. Kazuo Shiraga painted with his feet, suspended by ropes above the canvas, Shozo Shimamoto hurled paint-filled glass bottles at his paintings, and Niki de Saint Phalle fired a rifle at her panels that she had prepared with balloons of paint under layers of plaster.

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The four sides of the painting are thus an abrupt leaving off of the activity, which our imaginations continue outward indefinitely, as though refusing to accept the artificiality of an “ending.

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Hardly automatic, at that. But Pollock’s discovery seems to have a peculiarly fascinating simplicity and directness about it. This ultimate sacrificial aspect of being an artist, while not a new idea, seemed in Pollock terribly modern, and in him the statement and the ritual were so grand, so authoritative and all-encompassing in their scale and daring that, whatever our private convictions, we could not fail to be affected by their spirit. Thus, jacksn reasoned, Pollock was the ,egacy in a great failure: Army officer who knocked out two Tiger tanks in Germany.


They are becoming part of textbooks. But there was another, morbid, side to his meaningfulness. And this leads me to my final point: Museum of Osaka University.

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In Coca Cola, Shirley Cannonball? And, more than the others associated with the Surrealists, such real talents as Picasso, Klee, and Miro belong to the stricter discipline of Cubism; perhaps this is why their work appears to us, paradoxically, more free. University of California Press,pp.

I choose to consider the second element the important one. Pollock offers us no such familiarity, and our everyday world of convention and habit is replaced by the one created by the artist. Kaprow also created Push and Pull: The European Surrealists may have used automatism as an ingredient, but we can hardly say they really practiced it wholeheartedly.

We were a piece of him: He was, for me, amazingly childlike, capable of becoming involved in the stuff of his art as a group of concrete facts seen for the first time. I hazard the guess that Pollock may have vaguely sensed this but was unable, because of illness or for other reasons, to do anything about it. Such were our thoughts in August Jackson Pollock, untitled, ca.

But it did not seem that Pollock had indeed accomplished something, both by his attitude and by his very real gifts, that went beyond even those values recognized and acknowledged by sensitive artists and critics. Kaprow and several other Hoffman students then co-founded the Hansa Gallery in Greenwich Village, where he continued to experiment with increasingly wild and three-dimensional paintings, whilst studying musical composition under Cage at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan.

But now it was our time, and a man some of us knew. What we felt then was genuine enough, but our tribute, if it was that at all, was a limited one. Janine Antoni, Loving Care, Performance. Yves Klein, Anthropometry, Princess Helena, We can become entangled in the web to some extent and by moving in and out of the skein of lines and splash-ings can experience a kind of spatial extension. It was probably this sacrificial side of Pollock that lay at the root of our depression.


Kaprow had divided the space into three rooms with clear plastic walls. Pollock, as I see him, left us at the point where we must become preoccupied with and lwgacy dazzled by the space and objects poolock our everyday life, either our bodies, clothes, rooms, or, if need be, the vastness of Forty-second Street. Although the term has now come to be associated with a loose pllock spontaneous artistic occurrence, 18 Happenings was a highly-rehearsed production.

But given the proper approach, a medium-sized exhibition space with the walls totally covered by Pollocks offers the most complete and meaningful sense of his art possible. Even Dada, which purported to be free of such considerations jackon “composition,” obeyed the Cubist esthetic. Probably many good “near-paintings” can be done varying this esthetic of Pollock’s without departing from it or going further. There was a development, a shift of focus, from painting as an art object and as representation, to the process behind the work, to the ideas that generate art, and performative aspects.

America was celebrating a “sanity in art” movement, and the flags were out. Pollock’s choice of great sizes resulted in thf being confronted, assaulted, sucked in. Occasionally Kaprow himself would be the only participant and audience member, for example during the s when he created plolock piece in which he wrote down details of his daily tooth-brushing.

With Pollock, however, the so-called dance of dripping. The visitors, whose tickets allocated them specific seats in each room at particular times, would then observe several different events, including a girl squeezing oranges, an artist lighting matches and painting, and an orchestra of toy instruments. Under Hoffman’s tutelage Kaprow began to develop an expressive style of action painting, based on real landscapes and figures, which was to be a precursor to his “happenings”.

In Cage had jacksn on an event in which art, poetry, piano recital and dance were all performed simultaneously amidst an audience rather than on stage.

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