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© The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Photo: Dan Wayne

Jackson Pollock
Born 1912 in Cody, WY
Died 1956 in East Hampton, NY
Silver and Black Diptych, ca. 1950
oil paint and metal on canvas
11 1/2 x 17 inches
Courtesy of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
L99:ECK1.3
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The most famous of the Abstract Expressionist painters, Pollock is also considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. With his poured abstractions—made by dripping, flinging, pouring, and puddling paint onto canvases tacked to the floor—he expanded the definition of what a painting could be and how it could be made. His paintings are pure energy, without beginning or end.