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November 7, 2019

Jackson Pollock — Action painting from below (through glass)

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Not satisfied with black and white stills, Hans Namuth wanted to create a color film that managed to focus on Pollock and his painting at the same time, partially because he found more interest in Pollock's image than in his art.

His solution was to have Pollock paint on a large sheet of glass as Namuth filmed from underneath the work.

As Namuth could not afford professional lighting, the film was shot outdoors, next to Pollock's Long Island home.

This documentary (co-produced with Paul Falkenberg) is considered one of the most influential for artists.

In November 1950, Namuth and Pollock's relationship came to an abrupt conclusion.

After coming in from the cold weather shoot of the glass painting, Pollock, who had been treated in the 1930s for alcoholism, poured himself a tumbler of bourbon whiskey after supposedly having been sober for two years.

An argument between Namuth and Pollock ensued with each calling the other a "phony," culminating in Pollock overturning a table of food and dinnerware in front of several guests.

November 7, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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