Today the Dallas Museum of Art announced what will be its first show curated by the new Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Gavin Delahunty. Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots will open November 2015 and the DMA is the exclusive American host. (The DMA’s partner in coordinating and presenting the exhibition, Tate Liverpool, is Delahunty’s last home; he came to the DMA in May.)
The Black Pourings, as they’re called, is a series of black oil and enamel paintings Pollock made in the early 1950s. According to the DMA, “Exhibiting works from the height of the artist’s celebrity set against his lesser known paintings will offer the opportunity to appreciate Pollock’s broader ambitions as an artist, and to better understand the importance of the ‘blind spots’ in his practice.”
Says Delahunty: “[Pollock’s] Black Pourings were exceptional in their absolute merging of color and surface, which went over and above what Pollock himself had previously achieved.”
The DMA will show Pollock’s drawings from the same period, which are meant to be some of his finest. The accompanying illustrated catalogue will include texts by Delahunty, his Tate colleague Stephanie Straine, Michael Fried, and Jo Applin. The exhibition was organized with the help of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Washburn Gallery.
(Image: Jackson Pollock, Portrait and a Dream, 1953, oil and enamel on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Algur H. Meadows and the Meadows Foundation, Incorporated. © Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)