Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Quote of the Day/Week- Jackson Pollock

Today, for our series on quotes from famous artists, we are quipping the great American abstract expressionist master Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) who died in a car accident at age 44. On our other blog, we are quoting Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988).

Both artists were subjects of acclaimed independent films. The movie "Basquiat" (1996), which features David Bowie playing Andy Warhol who was a mentor to him in real life, was directed by Julian Schnabel, an artist himself who was also a contemporary of Basquiat when the artist was evolving from a graffiti artist to a no-expressionist in New York in the early '80s.

"Pollock" (2000), was directed by Ed Harris who also played Jackson Pollock in the film. For the role, Harris gained 30 pounds during the late stages of filming to make himself look like Pollock when the artist became a full-fledged alcoholic.

The above image is of Pollock's painting "Gothic" (1944); here is his quote:

"I have fear of making changes, destroying the images, etc., because the painting has a life of its own."


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