Charles Pollock

Jason McCoy Gallery

Charles Pollock, the older brother of Jackson Pollock, is now 85, living in Paris and reportedly ailing. Although his work was overshadowed by that of his revolutionary younger brother, there is more than a bit of the rebel about him as well. This was apparent in the group of paintings featured in this recent exhibition, which were done in 1968 and ’69, years in which abstract painting was still dominated by geometric color-field painting. The older Pollock worked in much the same kind of reductive context as such big guns of the ’60s as Barnett Newman, Kenneth Noland, and Frank Stella, but with results that critiqued the dry literalness of their paintings.

Untitled #97, 1968, is a striking example of the method that Pollock used to transcend the formalist limits that many critics and artists established for abstract painting during that period. At first glance Pollock’s emphasis appears

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