Top 200 20th Century Artists?

The Times and Saatchi gallery have compiled 1,461,523 votes from the public to come up with a list of the 200 top artists of the 20th Century. It’s a method that has flaws as some artists will be missing and other artists will get more attention than they really deserve, but any list compiled by anyone is flawed as lists are an art rather than a science. They’re not meant to be taken too seriously.

1 Pablo Picasso 21587

2 Paul Cezanne 21098

3 Gustav Klimt 20823

4 Claude Monet 20684

5 Marcel Duchamp 20647

6 Henri Matisse 17096

7 Jackson Pollock 17051

8 Andy Warhol 17047

9 Willem De Kooning 17042

10 Piet Mondrian 17028Continue Reading

Round About Canberra + Blue Poles

Posting has been a little light lately as I have jumped in the car and just kept driving. I’m about 5 hours south from home and am freezing. I’m in the Australian Capital Territory, in the city of Canberra to see Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles: Number 11 from 1952 at the National Gallery of Australia.Continue Reading

$5 Jackson Pollock Painting for $50 Million

These art lottery stories always make me think about the stupidity of the art market. If money motivated me I would find a lost masterpiece at a flea market every few years. A $5 painting worth $50 million is a wonderful story, but it’s a story that should be in the fiction section. Just because a Jackson Pollock sells for $140 million doesn’t mean that paintings which look like Jackson Pollock also increase in value.Continue Reading

Record Price for Jackson Pollock Painting

The New York Times has reported that a Jackson Pollock drip painting owned by David Geffen has been sold for $140 million. If confirmed, this would make it the most expensive painting in the world.

“Just last month Mr. Geffen sold two other 20th-century paintings a Jasper Johns and a Willem de Kooning for a total of $143.5 million. Given that he is among many business figures who has expressed interest in buying The Los Angeles Times, media industry analysts speculated that he was trying to raise cash for a potential bid. The Pollock, a densely tangled composition in browns and yellows, is unusually large, measuring about 4 by 8 feet, and was painted on fiberboard”. NY Times (may require free registration to view full article)Continue Reading

Jackson Pollock at the Guggenheim

An update on the last post about the Jackson Pollock site online. I mentioned that there were no colors to choose from, but there is. You just have to click your mouse and the color will change.
So, here’s my work in color (yes, it says “art”)Continue Reading

Jackson Pollock Fun

I found an interesting distraction over at the cartoon site, Gaping Void. It’s called and lets you create your own Pollock-ish works online.

It’s one of them websites that have no use, other than wasting your time. But it’s a fun waste of time!
I would have liked some settings to play with too, like changing colors or slowing down the blob output.Continue Reading

Jackson Pollock Paintings Found

The 32 Jackson Pollock paintings that were found in a storage unit have been labeled possible fakes or imitations of the artist recently. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation got Professor Richard Taylor of the Department of Physics at the University of Oregon to examine 6 of the works using “fractal analysis” to determine whether or not the found paintings are by the hand of Pollock.Continue Reading

32 new Pollocks Found

32 new Jackson Pollock paintings may have been uncovered in a storage shed in New York. Pollock experts are still yet to decide if they are the real thing. The works are from Pollock’s famous drip paintings period, so if they are genuine Pollock paintings, they could fetch very large sums of money.
Proving the PollockContinue Reading