New York

Charles Pollock

Jason McCoy Gallery

Visiting Charles Pollock’s exhibition at Jason McCoy, Inc. one felt strangely intimidated in the presence of works that seemed to return us to a not-so-distant past that now feels completely foreign. Or maybe it is the other way around: Maybe it is the works themselves that are in exile today. They seem to belong to an art world that had not yet been swept up in concepts like the “art star,” to a time when grandstanding and networking were not yet mandatory for the making of an artist’s career. But maybe the modesty of these works, their reserve, was the artist’s reluctant response to the first signs of the heroism that was beginning to take hold of American art. Pollock had good reason to retreat: He had seen the agony caused by the demands of the emerging art world on his little brother Jackson. Yet retreat was still possible then; it was still possible to want to produce an antiheroic

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