What Is Pollock's Idea Of The 'All Over'

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Through the 1940’s and 1960’s Fried and Greenberg established the idea of the “all over” and “the optical” pertaining to Jackson Pollock’s artwork. In Pollock’s painting, Number 32, evidence of the “all over” can be seen through Pollock’s technique of throwing, dripping and even stepping all over the canvas as he creates a composition that engulfs the entire canvas. Greenberg describes “the all over” as an overwhelming sense of “sheer texture, and sheer sensation that only the eye perceives.” Looking at the full painting of Number 32, there is no focal point, no sense of movement and direction for the viewer to keep track of. The viewer is taken throughout the whole entire painting all at once. In all its parts, Pollock creates not a single

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