Drip, Drip, Drip

The Museum of Modern Art is currently exhibiting a great series of pivotal works by Jackson Pollock entitled Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934-1954. The show compactly illustrates the beginning and progression of the abstract expressionism movement through one of its most illustrious leaders. This complex and tortured artist hit the international scene with a new vocabulary for painting that had not been seen before and set in motion an art movement that would reverberate globally for decades to follow.

Jackson Pollock began as a figurative painter and slowly moved into what became termed abstract expressionism, most famously displayed through the “drip” paintings. These canvases were placed flat on the ground and the artist literally danced around them throwing and dripping paint in a controlled fashion that had the magic of spontaneity and great emotional power.

Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934-1954 at MoMA #jacksonpollock #moma #todiefor #museumofmoderart #nyc

Featuring around 50 paintings, drawings and prints from the museum’s permanent collection, the works chart the progress of an experimenter, searching for a way to express the deepest fathoms of the human mind, body and psychology through the employment of various creative materials and techniques.

This painting, titled "Free Form," is very likely Jackson Pollock's first "drip" painting. "Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934–1954" closes Sunday. The exhibition explores how the artist's signature style developed over several decades. [Jackson P

This sensitive and comprehensive exhibition is an enlightening art history lesson and, for fans of Jackson Pollock, a must see. Learn more at MoMA.