Images of Jackson Pollock's action paintings
and Henri Matisse's collages
This record, like the evident pattern of Jackson Pollock's gestures in one of his action paintings
, is the most personal part of Clarence Major's life to be shared.
Many critics, Clement Green berg most notable among them, began to blame de Kooning's seductive example for the proliferation of second-rate daubers whose high-impasto action paintings
overpopu-lated the galleries on Tenth Street.
Pollock, whose action paintings
of the late 1940s-'50s call out for unfettered movement, fluidity and freedom of application?
Trouble is, the English can't keep their drink in, which is why every night there are action paintings
deposited all over the city's pavements.
These non-artworks (they were not on the checklist) could be read in any number of ways: as three-dimensional action paintings
, as a reference to 9/11 (they collapsed under their own weight a week after the show opened), as Minimalist barricades set up between the spectator and the show's images, as aesthetic "projects" (art as social failure), etc.
These really are action paintings
, albeit of an utterly unromantic, willfully restrained, and deliberative kind.