Jackson Pollock’s iconic work wear, a uniform of a black t-shirt and dark rinse, paint splattered jeans, has been immortalized in Hans Namuth’s photos inside the artist’s studio. The photos capture a brow-furrowed Pollock, dancing over and around his canvas, bucket in tow, lashing pain on the surface with great energy and deliberation. This vibrant, explosive energy of his sumptuous drip-paintings can be felt in each of these shots.
While Pollock was a pre-eminent figure in the abstract expressionist movement of the 1940s and 50s, these photographs helped to define, in part, Pollock’s iconic style. As culture critic Ferdinand Protzman asserts, these images transformed Pollock from a “talented, cranky loner into the first media-driven superstar of American contemporary art, the jeans-clad, chain-smoking poster boy of abstract expressionism.”
– Sitji Chou