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Well-Off-Man on 'Van Gogh to Rothko'

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click to enlarge "Convergence," Jackson Pollock, 1952.
  • "Convergence," Jackson Pollock, 1952.

One of the best reasons to go to "Van Gogh to Rothko," the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's traveling exhibition to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is to see the Jackson Pollock drip painting there, curator Manuela Well-Off-Man says in an article about the exhibit in Apollo Magazine

Among the many highlights is Jackson Pollock’s Convergence (1952). It is one of his major drip paintings and is an excellent example of his revolutionary and influential painting style that uses line as an independent subject rather than to define objects and form. Since we don’t have a Pollock drip painting in our permanent collection this will be a great opportunity for our guests to experience Pollock’s energetic application of paint.

The other reasons are to see paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Mark Rothko, of course, as well as work by Pablo Picasso, Paul Gaugin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Frida Kahlo ... the list goes on and on. There are 76 works by 73 artists in the exhibition, which is hung chronologically, 19th century to the present, in the galleries so viewers can see change in styles over time. 

Asked what she found most exciting personally, Well-Off-Man said it was the color in Van Gogh's "The Old Mill," and richness of the black in Clyfford Still's "1957-D No. 1." Can't wait to see the Still, myself: Join me, if you can wait, and ride the Arkansas Times Art Bus, which is going to Bentonville on May 2 and which this time will include dinner at the Hive in 21c Hotel, where chef James McClure works his magic. There are two shows at 21c: “Duke Riley: See You at the Finish Line,” sculpture, and “Blue: Matter, Mood and Melancholy,” photographs and paintings. That's a lot of art to see in a day: Revel in it!


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