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Calling himself an “un-artist”, Kaprow and others began staging further “happenings” in car parks, lofts, classrooms, shops and other unusual locations. One is to continue in this vein. This strange combination of extreme individuality and selflessness makes the work remarkably potent but also indicates a probably larger frame of psychological reference.

Pollock’s tragedy was more subtle than his death: Pollock offers us no such familiarity, and our everyday world of convention and habit is replaced by the one created by the artist. Not only will these bold creators show us, as it lor the first time, the world we have always had about us but ignored, but they will disclose entirely unheard-of happenings and events, found in garbage cans, police files, legac lobbies; seen in store windows and on the streets; and sensed in dreams and horrible accidents.

What lsgacy have, then, is art that tends to lose itself out of bounds, tends to fill our world with itself, art that in meaning, looks, impulse seems to break fairly sharply with the traditions of painters back to at least the Greeks.

Explosion! The Legacy of Jackson Pollock

Kaprow had divided the space into three rooms with clear plastic walls. But Pollock’s discovery seems to have a peculiarly fascinating simplicity and directness about it. This instability is indeed far from the idea of a “complete” painting.


Not satisfied with the suggestion through paint of our other senses, we shall utilize the specific substances of sight, sound, movements, people, odors, touch.

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Allan Kaprow, who died wllan April 5 aged 78, was the artist and art theorist who coined the term “happening” in the late s, and was a precursor of many of the installation and performance artists of today. We accept this innovation as valid because the artist understood with perfect naturalness “how to do it.

But what do we do now? And the i the fifties connection, rather than being climactic, was, in a way, inglorious.

Not all the roads of this modern art lead to ideas of finality.

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Yet we must not confuse the effect of these with that of the hundreds of large paintings done in the Renaissance, which glorified an idealized everyday world familiar to the observer, often continuing the actual room into the painting by means of trompe l’oeil. Recent site activity Home edited by Thomas Crombez.

In Britain the Liverpudlian poet and painter Adrian Henri began organising “happenings” in his home town, and in June an audience of 7, was witness to a “Poetry Incarnation” at the Albert Hall. There was a development, a shift of focus, from painting as an art object and as representation, to the process behind the work, to the ideas that generate art, and performative aspects.

In retrospect, most of the Surrealist painters appear to have derived from a psychology book or from each other: But bywhen the word was being used in advertisements and Diana Ross and the Supremes released The Happening, the theme song to a film about four hippies kidnapping a mafia boss, Kaprow was attempting to dissociate himself from the word.

There is, as I said earlier, a certain blindness, a mute belief in everything he does, even up to the end. His heroic stand had been futile. Since the exhibition includes action rather than focusing exclusively on painting, performance and documentation of performance are a vital part of the material that is presented, not least the footage of Jackson Pollock, Yves Klein and the group Gutai painting in their performance-like painting acts, which have provoked much artistic controversy.


Every aklan worth his salt has “discovered” these things. Thus, we reasoned, Pollock was the center in jzckson great failure: The crudeness of Jackson Pollock is not, therefore, uncouth; it is manifestly frank and uncultivated, unsullied by training, trade secrets, finesse—a directness that the European artists he liked hoped for and partially succeeded in but that he never had to strive after because he had it by nature.

But I used the words “almost absolute” when I spoke of the diaristic gesture as distinct from the process of judging each move upon the canvas. But this form allows us equal pleasure in participating in a delirium, a deadening of the reasoning faculties, a loss of “self” in the Western sense of the term.

In the last seventy-five years the random play of the hand upon the canvas or paper has become increasingly important.

We do not enter a painting of Pollock’s in any one place or hundred places.

Pollock’s choice of great sizes resulted in our being confronted, assaulted, allab in. It was surely a manifestly human reaction on the part of those of us who were devoted to the most advanced artists around us and who felt the shock of being thrown out on our own.

Young artists of today need no longer say, “I am a painter” or “a poet” or “a dancer. I hazard the guess that Pollock may have vaguely sensed this but was unable, because of illness or for other reasons, to do anything about it.