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- Object: Untitled
Abstract composition. 1951
Screenprint, on card
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Height: 425 millimetres
Width: 560 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Stephen Coppel, 'The American Scene: Prints from Hopper to Pollock', with the assistance of Jerzy Kierkuc-Bielinski, BMP, 2008, no. 144.
The screenprint is based on Pollock's painting Number 8, 1951 (National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo). It comes from a portfolio of six screenprints based on six of his black 'drip' paintings of 1951. Pollock's brother, Sanford McCoy, photographed the paintings, prepared the screens and printed the impressions at his commercial studio. While it later became widely used in the 1960s, the adoption of commercial photo-screenprinting by a fine artist in the 1950s was most unusual. Although Pollock's screenprints essentially reproduce the composition of his black paintings, they are quite different in effect by virtue of their reduced scale and solid black printing.
Priced at $200, the screenprint portfolios were offered for sale at Pollock's exhibition of his black paintings at the Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, in 1951. Under the authority of Lee Krasner, a second edition of the portfolio was published posthumously from the original screens in an edition of fifty in 1964. The posthumous edition differs only very slightly in printing from the first, but each impression is numbered out of fifty in pencil and bears the Jackson Pollock estate stamp. The British Museum's Pollock screenprint is from the first edition of between twenty-five and thirty impressions.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1999/2000 Nov-Jan, Cardiff, Centre for Visual Arts, Unconvention
2008 April-Sep, BM, The American Scene, cat. no.144
2009 Feb-April, Nottingham, Djanogly AG, The American Scene
2009 May-Aug, Brighton Museum & AG, The American Scene
2009 Sep-Dec, Manchester, Whitworth AG, The American Scene
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