The Art Cowboy

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Booze, cigarettes, sex, beer, curses, affairs, abuse, paint: All of those are factors in Jackson Pollock's life, however, one stands out above all as the most important one, paint. America's greatest painter, born in Cody, Wyoming on January 28, 1912, had a deeper connection to this colorful, flowing liquid than anyone else in history. Blood did not run through his veins, but oil and pigment, tar and sand did. He became something else while he painted. He became his painting. No other painter in history had been able to do what Jackson Pollock did. Jackson pushed past any boundaries in the world of art. He created something new, and at the time no one had been able to do that. Jackson Pollock shocked the world of art by introducing a new way of painting that changed the definition of art forever. Pollock, born in Cody, Wyoming in 1912, was a cowboy. By his mid teens, Pollock fell in love with art and decided to pursue it. He left the West and headed to New York City, the heart and soul of American art. Young Jackson Pollock, upon arriving at the Arts Students League, began taking lessons with Thomas Hart Benton (Friedman 18). Benton, a “semi-Academic, semi-Realistic artist” (18) had a very strong influence on young Pollock. When Pollock was first starting to display his art through Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of the Century gallery, a gallery set up to promote young artists involved in surrealism (52-53), Pollock was working abstractly, yet pictorially as well. Although his painting still had a quality of “Benton’s heroic and mannered regional expressionism” (Rugoff 44) he had still rocked the Art of this Century Gallery and made himself known in New York (National Gallery of Art 1). According to Rugoff, his career did not change unt... ... middle of paper ... ... Pollock:Love and Death on Long Island. Dir. Teresa Griffiths. Close Up BBC, 2001. DVD. “Jackson Pollock.” Smithsonian American Art Musuem and the Renwick Gallery. 1996. Web. 8 Feb. 2010. . “Jackson Pollock: The Artist.” National Gallery of Art. 2010. Web. 8 Feb. 2010. . Klingman, Ruth. Love Affair: A Memoir of Jackson Pollock. New York: Cooper Square Press, 1974. Print. Landau, Ellen G. Jackson Pollock. New York: Harry N. Abrams Inc., 1989. Print. Lucie-Smith, Edward, ed. Movements in Art Since 1945: New Edition. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc., 2001. Print. Pollock. Dir. Ed Harris. Sony Pictures Classic, 2000. DVD. Rugoff, Milton, ed. The Britannica Encyclopedia of American Art. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica Education Corp., n.d. Print.
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