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May 16, 2005

New Jackson Pollack Paintings Discovered

William at Pardon My English is reporting that several previously unknown work of Jackson Pollack have been discovered.

Apparently, the newly discovered works by Pollock were part of the estate of the late Herbert Matter, a photographer and close friend of Pollock. The paintings were discovered by Alex Matter, Herbert's son, as he sorted through his parents' effects.

I'm familiar with Pollack's “art” and the philosophy behind it. Pollack believed that the universe was random, and wanted his “art” to reflect that, so they all consisted of random spatterings of paint on canvas. Interesting, yet as the late Francis Schaeffer pointed out in one of his books, Pollack didn't live consistent with his philosophy. One of his hobbies was wild mushroom hunting. We can assume that Pollack didn't extend his philosophy of a random universe to his hobby, otherwise he would have died much earlier from ingesting poisonous toadstools. Hunting wild mushrooms requires careful scrutiny of the details of the plants you find, not randomness. Chaos is fine in theory, but really sucks in practice. Order works much, much better.

But the question I have is, given the way most of Pollack's works look, how do they know they didn't just find his old drop cloths?

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 16, 2005 08:01 AM

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"...given the way most of Pollack's works look, how do they know they didn't just find his old drop cloths?"


If you have to ask, you don't know, and I suspect you don't.

Pollack wasn't random, nor is the universe...it all follows rules.

Study fractals

Posted by: Ken at August 28, 2005 12:34 AM

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