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Jackson Pollock’s quest for the meaning of life

— October 2015

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Jackson Pollock, Icarus, c.1946, Gouache on cardboard, 60x48cm, Collection of Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch, Berlin. © 2015 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York).Photo: Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, New

A new book shows how Jackson Pollock’s work reflects ‘an arduous journey, a quest for the meaning of life’

Jackson Pollock: Kunst als Sinnsuche (Jackson Pollock: Art as a Quest) by Elizabeth L. Langhorne (German language)

This book is a long-overdue addition to the literature on Jackson Pollock, perhaps the greatest modern American painter, as Life Magazine first suggested in 1948. Most such claims focus on the large abstract paintings Pollock did between 1947 and 1950.  Elizabeth Langhorne demonstrates that these works have their place in an arduous journey, a quest for the meaning of life....

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