Blue Poles

We just had an event to celebrate the loan of Blue Poles by the Trustees of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, an act of extraordinary generosity because it is such a key work in their collection.   David Anfam spoke brilliantly about its importance to any understanding of Pollock’s career and scotched the various myths surrounding its creation – that it was painted in a single night when in fact it was painted over three months, that Barnett Newman painted the poles when he was nowhere in the vicinity, and that the painting incorporates Lee Krasner’s blood when no blood has been discovered in its conservation.  

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  1. I am so pleased that David Anfam has buried those misrepresentations of what is a remarkable painting : they have attempted to diminish and belittle a great work for too long’.

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