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    Who Discovered Jackson Pollock? And Why?

    Presented by at Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum

    February 12, 2011


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    Who Discovered Jackson Pollock? And Why?

    Theodore E. Stebbins Jr., Curator of American Art, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums

    This lecture will examine the astonishing rise of Jackson Pollock, from his hospitalization for alcoholism in 1939 to his first solo exhibition in 1943, to the 1949 Life article that asked, “Is He the Greatest Living Painter?” Was the key figure in Pollock’s discovery the critic Clement...

    Theodore E. Stebbins Jr., Curator of American Art, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums

    This lecture will examine the astonishing rise of Jackson Pollock, from his hospitalization for alcoholism in 1939 to his first solo exhibition in 1943, to the 1949 Life article that asked, “Is He the Greatest Living Painter?” Was the key figure in Pollock’s discovery the critic Clement Greenberg, the collector/dealer Peggy Guggenheim, MoMA curator James Johnson Sweeney, or the painter’s wife, Lee Krasner? How did national and international traumas—World War II, the Holocaust, and the atomic bulb—influence Pollock’s work and his rapid acceptance?

    In the Modernism Comes to the Americas, 1940–1960 series, three curators from the Harvard Art Museums will speak about the ways in which modernism spread from Paris to the Americas during World War II through the efforts of pioneering collectors and critics.

    Free admission. Open to the public.


    Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum

    485 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA 02138

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