n°178/ Who Said Black Was Dark?

July 2015

by Nathalie Azoulai

After nearly four years of colorful, lyrical and non-figurative drip paintings, the pioneer of action painting, Jackson Pollock, created the black pouring. To him, black marked a deliberate move from his defining ‘drip’ technique to a new energizing ‘pour', as if compelled to re-invigorate himself and his practice after a difficult period in his life. Although a dark milestone on some painters' way, black turned out to strike Pollock's just the other way around…Lucky the viewers that will get to the Tate Liverpool to stare at his Blind Spots. Through October,18.

 Jackson Pollock