Jackson Pollock was born in 1912, as was the second-generation Abstract Expressionist Morris Louis. To mark these anniversaries, the Gallery is showcasing its holdings of important paintings, drawings and prints.
Pollock’s Blue poles, one of his most famous paintings, and the earlier Totem lesson 2 accompany six drawings and six etchings by him, rarely on public view. Paintings and works on paper by Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Arshile Gorky and Lee Krasner will also be on display, along with three paintings by Louis and an early work by Helen Frankenthaler–in commemoration of her death in December 2011.
Key works by Philip Guston, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell and Clyfford Still elucidate the dynamic connections between artists. Extraordinary Australians such as Tony Tuckson and Peter Upward show how these painters developed in related ways.