Jackson Pollock 1912 - 1956 American Abstract Expressionism/ New York School Painters
From 1947 to 1952—when he created his now legendary poured, or “dripped,” canvases—the name Jackson Pollock was virtually synonymous with American Abstract Expressionism, indeed as the name Pablo Picasso had once been with Cubism. In hindsight, a decade before that moment there was little to indicate that Pollock was fated to break ground in the New York art world. His participation in the easel division of the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration and his 1930s studies at the Art Students League (under Regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton) hardly deviated from what was by that time a fairly predictable trajectory for a generation seeking to shed an inherited, European-derived abstraction and explore new aspects of the unconscious, the expressive potential of myth, and the element of chance in the spontaneous execution of their work. Pollock and his wife, the painter Lee Krasner, settled permanently in Springs, East Hampton, in 1946. Their home—now the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center—was an unheated nineteenth-century farmhouse on property hugging Accabonac Harbor. A neighboring small barn served as Pollock’s studio; an upstairs bedroom in the home was set aside for Krasner. The site became an object of public fascination as early as 1951, when the Museum of Modern Art screened Hans Namuth’s documentary of Pollock executing a dripped painting on a transparent sheet of glass. [Gregory Galligan]
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner settled permanently in Springs in 1946. Their home—now the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center—was an unheated nineteenth-century farmhouse on property hugging Accabonac Harbor.