The Dallas Museum of Art is playing host to the largest survey of Jackson Pollock’s black paintings ever assembled
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.
If you go: The exhibition is open now and runs through March 20, 2016. Visit dma.org to learn more.