Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots is only the third major U.S. museum exhibition to focus solely on the artist hailed as “the greatest painter this country has ever produced.” On November 20, the Dallas Museum of Art will present what experts have deemed a “once in a lifetime” exhibition, organized by the DMA’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Gavin Delahunty: the largest survey of Jackson Pollock’s black paintings ever assembled. This exceptional presentation, which critics hailed as “sensational," "exhilarating," "genius," “revelatory,” and “revolutionary” on its UK premier at Tate Liverpool, will receive its sole US presentation in Dallas and include many works that have not been exhibited for more than 50 years.
Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots offers critical new scholarship on this understudied yet pivotal period in the artist’s career and provides radical new insights into Pollock’s practice. With more than 70 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, the exhibition will first introduce audiences to Pollock’s work via a selection of his classic drip paintings made between 1947 and 1950. 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. An unprecedented 31 black paintings will be included in the DMA presentation. Exhibiting works from the height of the artist’s celebrity set against his lesser known paintings will offer the opportunity to appreciate Pollock’s broader ambitions as an artist, and to better understand the importance of the “blind spots” in his practice.
Click here to listen to an audio tour by the DMA's Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Gavin Delahunty.
Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots will require a $16.00 special exhibition ticket.
Visiting from out of town? Click here to find out about our Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots package at the Fairmont Hotel.
Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots is co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and Tate Liverpool. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
The exhibition is co-presented by Bank of America and Texas Instruments. Additional support is provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.
Leadership gifts are provided by Marguerite Hoffman and Tom Lentz, Catherine and Will Rose, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Jennifer and John Eagle, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Gayle and Paul Stoffel, Laura and Walter Elcock, Allen and Kelli Questrom, and Sharon and Michael Young.
The presentation in Dallas is made possible by TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, an annual fundraising event that jointly benefits amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art, and by the Contemporary Art Initiative. Marketing support is provided by the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Texas Monthly. Appraisal services are provided by Christie’s and Heritage Auctions. Flooring is provided by Property Advisers Realty and Freeman Companies.
Images: Jackson Pollock, Echo: Number 25, 1951, 1951, enamel paint on canvas, Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest and the Mr. and Mrs. David Rokefeller Fund, Museum of Modern Art, New York © 2015 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Jackson Pollock, Number 7, 1951, 1951, enamel on canvas, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gift of the Collectors Committee (1983.77.1) © 2015 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Jackson Pollock, Untitled, c. 1949-50, painted terracotta, Collection Gail and Tony Ganz, Los Angeles © 2015 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Jackson Pollock, Portrait and a Dream, 1953, oil and enamel on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Algur H. Meadows and the Meadows Foundation, Incorporated © 2015 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Jackson Pollock, Number 14, 1951, 1951, oil on canvas, Purchased with assistance from the American Fellows of the Tate Gallery Foundation 1988 © 2015 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Jackson Pollock, Black and White Painting II, c. 1951, oil on canvas, Private Collection © 2015 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York