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Photo: Spike Mafford / Zocalo Studios. Courtesy of the Friday Foundation



Jackson Pollock

American, 1912-1956

1951 was a highly productive year for Jackson Pollock, during which time his technical and aesthetic objectives begin to merge in both his paintings and drawings. On the cusp of reintroducing figurative elements into his paintings, Untitled is part of a small and significant suite of drawings that demonstrate Pollock’s continued investigations of the painted mark in relation to its support. Using two sheets of paper, Pollock worked on two drawings in tandem. The ink that bled through the top page stained the surface of the underlying sheet, which Pollock turned into a second composition (the latter of which is in the collection of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh). Untitled is the first in a small series of these dual compositions, and was a birthday gift from the artist to art critic Clement Greenberg.
Black and colored ink on mulberry paper
24 3/4 × 39 1/4 in. (63 × 99.7 cm)
Gift of the Friday Foundation in honor of Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis
Provenance: The artist; to Clement Greenberg, New York, for his birthday; Mrs. Virginia Kondratiev; [Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles]; Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Lambert, Dallas, Texas; [Janie C. Lee Gallery, Houston, Texas]; [André Emmerich Gallery, New York]; purchased from gallery Jane and Richard Lang, Seattle, Washington, by 1980
Photo: Spike Mafford / Zocalo Studios. Courtesy of the Friday Foundation
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySão Paulo, Brazil, Museu de Arte Moderna, IV Bienal do Museu de Arte Moderna, Sept. 22–Dec. 31, 1957. Cat. no. 21, p. 201.

Jackson Pollock: 1912–1956, organized by the International Program of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, under the auspices of the International Council at the Museum of Modern Art (Rome, Italy, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Mar. 1 - 30, 1958; Basel, Switzerland, Kunsthalle Basel, Apr. 19 - May 26, 1958; Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Stedelijk Museum, June 6 - July 7, 1958; Hamburg, Germany, Kunstverein Hamburg, July 19 - Aug. 17, 1958; Berlin, Germany, Hochschule für Bildende Kunste, Sept. 3 - Oct. 1, 1958; London, England, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Nov. 5 - Dec. 14, 1958; Paris, France, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Jan. 16 - Feb. 15, 1959).

Los Angeles, California, Dwan Gallery, [Group Show], June 11 - July 7, 1962.

New York, New York, Museum of Modern Art, Jackson Pollock: Works on Paper, 1968. Cat. no. 45 (exhibition brochure); p. 90, reproduced pl. 91.

New York, New York, Museum of Modern Art, Jackson Pollock: Drawing into Painting, Feb. 4 - Mar. 16, 1980 (Oxford, England, Museum of Modern Art, Apr. 1 - May 13, 1979). Cat. no. 59, reproduced p. 78.

Seattle, Washington, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Art in America: Washington Collections—An American Tradition: Abstraction, Dec. 4, 1981 - Jan. 17, 1982.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Richard and Jane Lang Collection, Feb. 2 - Apr. 1, 1984. Cat. no. 36, pp. 50-51, reproduced.

New York, Museum of Modern Art, Jackson Pollock, Nov. 1, 1998 - Feb. 2, 1999 (London, England, Tate, Mar. 11 - June 8, 1999). No cat. no., p. 289, reproduced pl. 202.

Liverpool, England, Tate Liverpool, Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots, June 30 - Oct. 18, 2015 (Dallas Museum of Art, Nov. 20, 2015 - Mar. 20, 2016). No cat. no., reproduced pl. 122.
Published ReferencesRose, Bernice. Jackson Pollock: Works on Paper. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1969. Reproduced p. 90.

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