Monday, July 23, 2007

Paintings I Like, pt. 11

Jackson Pollock, One: Number 31, 1950, 1950. Oil and enamel on unprimed canvas, 8' 10" x 17' 6."

I was at MoMA this past weekend with a bunch of artist pals. When we came to this picture, my former painting professor and good friend George Hofmann said "this could hang in the same room as a Velazquez and hold its own." I couldn't agree more.

The only thing that I find to be less than perfect about this, and virtually all the horizontal drip paintings from '47-'50, is that that Pollock chose to leave a larger space at the top than at the bottom, which tends to give them a little "sag" as opposed to emphasizing their weightlessness. If it were up to me, I'd flip an awful lot of Pollocks over.