Pollock again

The other day saw the abstract expressionist show at the AGO for the third time. As mentioned in an earlier post, Shep Steiner sent me his recent piece on Pollock, including a detailed analysis of Echo, one of the so-called black paintings, generally regarded as a decline from the great drip paintings of 1950.

Pollock, Echo 1951

Shep thinks that it has “echoes” of Finnegans Wake. No doubt, but to me, just seeing it fresh, it seems to come right out of the earlier drip pictures, but with an added ruminative aspect. Here figuration could be equated with inwardness. It’s less objective nature and more a tracking of the movement of thought. A small shift, hardly a break, just a modulation within the same idiom.

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