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Friday, Dec. 23, 2011


"Jackson Pollock: A Centennial Retrospective"


Staff writer

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"Cut Out" (1948-58) by Jackson Pollock OHARA MUSEUM OF ART

A native of Cody in Wyoming, Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) moved to New York at age 18 in 1930 to study art. He became a major figure in the Abstract Expressionism movement, his unique method of pouring and dripping paint on canvases spread out on the floor bringing him much acclaim. He is hailed as an artist who opened a new artistic horizon for others and helped New York usurp Paris as the center of modern art.

This is the first large-scale Pollock retrospective exhibition in Japan. The works shown trace his career from early drawings to paintings that made his mark on the world of modern art. It also covers his later years from 1951-56. Pollock reached his artistic peak in 1950, and the following year he began returning to his earlier style of paintings with more figurative elements. Around 70 works are on show; till Jan. 22.

Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art; (052) 971-5511; 1-13-2 Higashi Sakura, Higashi-ku, Nagoya; 3-min. walk from Sakae Station, Higashiyama or Meijo lines. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri., till 8 p.m.) ¥1,400. Closed Mon., Dec. 28-Jan. 2, 10; open Jan. 9. www-art.aac.pref.aichi.jp, pollock100.com.

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