Chosen case study and it’s relating art critic (homework)


Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ – Oil and casein on canvas, 1943, 243.21 x 603.25 cm

In relation to:

Clement Greenberg: The collected essays and criticism

Greenberg defends abstract art “to restore the art’s identity- The opacity of it’s medium must be emphasized”. When the painting is so realistic the medium is kind of disregarded. Abstract brings depth/texture.

Pollock’s work often becomes quite figurative and ‘expressive’ and has many layers of colour. His ‘Mural’ piece is currently being displayed at the Royal Academy. has influenced generations of artists and sculptors such as Lee Krasher, David Smith & Richard serra. Mural is also the largest painting he’s made to date. It brings forth issues such as large space, the expressive gesture and the dichotomy (changes/differences) between the representational and the abstract art. Pollock was actually under great pressure to create the ‘Mural’ for the Guggenheim – spent weeks starring at a blank canvas and in the end painted the entire canvas in one frantic burst. Vision may have been s memory from his childhood in the American west and the idea of freedom from the restrictions imposed by figures.

“Where the old masters created an illusion of space into which one could imagine walking, the illusion created by a Modernist is one into which one can look, can travel through only with the eye” Greenberg, 1909-94. Modernists create more substance through context and the abstract. It becomes more of a personal thing rather than a direct thing.



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