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Pollock and The Irascibles – Milan, Palazzo Reale

Artistic revolution , break with the past , experimentation, energy are center stage at the Royal Palace in the exhibition Pollock and Irascibles . The School of New York.

The exhibition, developed by E. Carter Foster with Luca Beatrice , is sponsored by the Culture of the Municipality of Milan, produced and organized by Arthemisia Group and 24 ORE Cultura – Gruppo 24 ORE, in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Through the works of the group of artists, including the charismatic Jackson Pollock, and called ” Irascible ” by a famous episode of protest to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, visitors will be offered a comprehensive overview of the artistic style that was able to re- interpret the canvas as a space to express the freedom of thought and action of the individual and that influenced modern art.
A style and set a unique phenomenon that gave birth to the ” New York School ” .

It was May of 1950 when the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced the organization of a major exhibition dedicated to contemporary American . Absent from the parterre of the guests were just the painters from the second half of the thirties had taken the first steps towards a new pictorial language , addressed to Abstract Expressionism . Movement emerged in the personality of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning , Mark Rothko , Robert Motherwell , Barnett Newman, who became promoters of a more contemporary style code. These are precisely the major names who composed the group of “Irascible” so defined by the newspaper “Herald Tribune” , because signatories of the letter sent to the president of the Metropolitan , Roland L. Redmond, and presented to the ” New York Times ,” in which the declared total disagreement with the positions taken by the museum.
In January 1951, the magazine “Life” published the iconic photograph by Nina Leen who portrayed the fifteen ” Irascibles ” dressed as bankers.

Nina Leen. Irascibles.

Nina Leen – The irascibles

At the center of Jackson Pollock, with him , as well as Willem de Kooning , Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Robert Motherwell , Adolph Gottlieb, William Baziotes , James Brooks , Bradley Walker Tomlin , Jimmy Ernst , Ad Reinhardt , Richard Pousette -Dart , Theodoros Stamos, Clyfford Still and Hedda Sterne , the only woman in the group.

The undisputed star of the show is the work Number 27 , 1950 Pollock , perhaps his most famous painting , as well as outstanding loan , given the delicacy and fragility of this oil , in addition to its extraordinary size – about three feet long. Jackson Pollock, then , but not only that: Rothko, de Kooning, Kline are present with some of the most important masterpieces of the collection of the Whitney , as Mahoning Franz Kline (1956) , Door to the River by Willem de Kooning (1960) and Untitled ( Blue , Yellow , Green on Red ) (1954 ) by Mark Rothko, along with works by artists such as William Baziotes and Bradley Walker Tomlin , who, with their production allow for a more complete narrative , and diverse , emblematic of the time the same and the practice of collecting Whitney , early and important supporter of Abstract Expressionism.

With 49 masterpieces from the late thirties to mid-sixties , from the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York , then open the celebrations of ‘ ” American Autumn ” in Milan.

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