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Jackson Pollock’s Black Paintings Come to Dallas


The Dallas Museum of Art is playing host to the largest survey of Jackson Pollock’s black paintings ever assembled
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Artist Jackson Pollock dribbling sand on painting while working in his studio.
Photo by Martha Holmes/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images, courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art.

Jackson Pollock is best known for his drip paintings, but his body of work extends beyond those iconic pieces. This winter, the Dallas Museum of Art is playing host to Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots, which is the largest collection of Pollock’s black paintings ever assembled. On view at the DMA through March 20, 2016, the exhibition is receiving its sole U.S. presentation in Dallas, with more than 70 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints.

“While several of Jackson Pollock’s contemporaries combined black and white, his black paintings were exceptional in their absolute merging of color and surface, which went over and above what Pollock himself had previously achieved; this is a crucial difference for many contemporary artists revisiting Pollock’s work today,” says Gavin Delahunty, the DMA’s curator of contemporary art.

The exhibition first introduces audiences to Pollock’s work via a selection of his classic drip paintings made between 1947 and 1950, including Number 2, 1950, a work from the Harvard Art Museums’ collection that has not traveled in more than 20 years. These works will serve to contextualize the radical departure represented by the black paintings, a series of black enamel paintings that Pollock created between 1951 and 1953.

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Jackson Pollock, Number 15, 1951, 1951, Enamel on canvas, Overall: 56 x 66 in., Museum Ludwig, Cologne © 2015 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

If you go: The exhibition is open now and runs through March 20, 2016. Visit to learn more.


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