Approaches to Pollock, Part 2

I last wrote of Michael Fried’s scribblings on this ultra-famous painter. In 1961, Harold Rosenberg, too, wrote an article titled “The Search for Jackson Pollock” for Art News, deemed the oldest and most widely circulated art magazine in the world, with a readership that includes collectors, dealers, historians, artists, museum directors, curators, connoisseurs and enthusiasts. As an art…

Approaches to Pollock, Part 1

In 1965, Michael Fried wrote an artitle titled “Jackson Pollock” for ArtForum, an international publication that specialises in contemporary art. The language in Fried’s article suggests that it was written for a broad readership, given that the magazine has content that ranges from in-depth articles and reviews of contemporary art and newly released books, columns on…

(Un)Finished Business

Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Britain and France many aspiring, competitive artists shared the common goal of submitting their compositions to the premiere academies and exhibitions of the age. To have one’s work accepted at the Royal Academy of Art in London or the annual French Salon in Paris , was to be granted access to a more…

Give Kitsch a Chance

Kitsch is an art movement that took root around the 1930s, a symbol of defiance against the Avant-Garde. It involves art pieces that take other iconic artworks as subjects, twisting and distorting them into new images with humorous qualities. Innocent enough, yet it is debated whether or not kitsch is a type of lowbrow or “bad” art. And…