Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots

Tate Liverpool |30 June – 18 October 2015

Jackson Pollock is widely considered to be one of the most influential and provocative American artists of the twentieth century. Pollock famously pioneered action painting, a process that saw him drip paint on canvases resting on the studio floor.

Portrait and a Dream (1953)

Portrait and a Dream (1953)

Jackson Pollock’s Black Pourings, created between 1951 and 53 – remains one of Pollock’s lesser-known, yet marks an important period in the artist’s practice.  After four years of creating vivid, colourful compositions, the Black Pourings were a radical departure from his signature style.

Pollock had signed to a commercial gallery, and was struggling to deal with the mounting pressure of expectation. He made a deliberate decision to move away from the defining ‘drip’ technique that had brought him critical acclaim, instead experimenting with a new ‘pour’ in treacly black paint. The resulting canvases are distinctively macabre in feel.

As well as presenting this poignant series of work, Tate Liverpool is showing a selection of Pollock’s drawings and rarely-seen sculptures from the same period – just a few years before his tragic death.

Address: Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 4BB

Tel: 0151 702 7400

Website: www.tate.org.uk/Liverpool

Opening Hours:

Open daily between 10.00–17.00
Closed 3 April and 24 – 26 December 2015 


Adult £11 (without donation £10)

Concession £8.25 (without donation £7.50).

Under 12s go free (up to four under 12s per parent or guardian).

Family tickets available (two adults and two children 12-18 years) by telephone or in the gallery only.

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