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Breaking the Ice-Jackson Pollock and American Abstract Impressionism

Thu 9th May 2024 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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What caused American painting to take off as it did in the mid-20th century? The painter Willem de Kooning attributed its initial success to the work of his friend Jackson Pollock whom he credited with ‘breaking the ice’. My talk looks at the career of the famous action painter and assesses how his contribution to painting (including his infamous drip technique) contributed to Abstract Expressionism becoming an artistic phenomenon worldwide. Pollock’s path left a particularly significant legacy in terms of future developments.


Lecturer: Ann Moszynska

Ann is a specialist in contemporary art. She had oversight of the first British Masters Degree in Contemporary Art at Sotheby`s Institute. She has wide lecturing experience at the Tate and Royal Academy and in Europe. Ann has two publications – the first in 1990 on Abstract Art and a second publication `Sculpture Now’ in 2013. Ann has also published a book for the British Museum on the Drawings of Anthony Gormley


Thu 9th May 2024
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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