Interpretive Essay : Art Museum

1087 Words Dec 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Phuc Duy Nguyen (Tony)
Professor Kolya Rice
Art History 384 A
5th December 2016 Interpretive Essay In the past few months, I 've had a lot of opportunities to observe and experience art through the course materials at school, galleries, museums, architectures, and so on. Even though I always have great interest in modern art and really enjoy the works of contemporary artist such as Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol, my knowledge and understanding about abstraction is quite limited. However, after our discussion and lecture about Abstract Expressionism, I found myself drawn to the picture of the "Sea Change" by Jackson Pollock that presented at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and have learned more about abstraction aspect through his paintings.
Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) is one of the most famous American abstract expressionist painters from the 1940s and 1950s. He 's also known as the "Jack the Dripper" for his unique style of drip painting. The "Sea Change" was created in 1947 and was one of a small series of his paintings that displayed at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York in 1948. It is a five feet tall and four feet wide painting. The work was donated to the SAM by Peggy Guggenheim, a wealthy art collector. She was also the person who opened the Art of this Century Gallery, and helped launch careers of many abstract expressionists, including Pollock.
According to the Seattle Times, instead of using an easel like most artists, the massive canvas used for the…

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