Jackson Pollock Returns to the Whitechapel Gallery

Jackson Pollock Returns to the Whitechapel Gallery
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A monumental canvas, five metres wide, returns to the Whitechapel Gallery after six decades, along with rare archive material relative to the genius of American abstract expressionism, Jackson Pollock. It was 1958 when British modernist architect Trevor Dannatt was invited by the then-director of the gallery, Bryan Robertson, to design a new setting to host the works of the American painter - among the most important of the so-called action-painting movement - tragically deceased on August 11, 1956. The canvas entitled Summertime 9A, part of that historic exhibition and now at the centre of a new exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, was created between 1947 and 1950, during his famous “drip painting” period. With his constructivist approach and a ceiling made out of wave-shaped fabrics, Danatt transformed the art gallery into a theatrical space. And once again, that artistic experience - which consisted in the exhibition of 58 works painted during the “drip painting” period - lives on with the exhibition Staging Jackson Pollock .

Samantha De Martin - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London