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Jackson Pollock by Yves Lavallette

Jul 21, 2015
It’s impossible to see a paint-dripped or splattered canvas without thinking of Jackson Pollock – the ‘cowboy’ icon of Abstract Expressionism. Accompanied by artist wife Lee Krasner and patron...
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Text by Silvano Mendes
Photography by Yves Lavallette

It’s impossible to see a paint-dripped or splattered canvas without thinking of Jackson Pollock – the ‘cowboy’ icon of Abstract Expressionism. Accompanied by artist wife Lee Krasner and patron Peggy Guggenheim, this American artist and his action painting left an indelible mark on art history. But even beyond museum walls, his work is a constant influence on designers from Dolce & Gabbana to Kris Van Assche at Dior, as well as Dries van Noten, Isabel Marant and Alexander McQueen; none of whom have hesitated to use his technique to illustrate their concepts on catwalks worldwide. In his own way, the man embodied and even defined american style. With his denim clothes, white t-shirts and rolled-up trouser legs – which influenced Marlon Brando’s look in A Streetcar Named Desire – he developed a style beyond the boundaries of his farm-studio in East Hampton. TLmag continues its focus on East End Long Island’s artist studios by paying homage to Pollock and his transformation of American painting into an international phenomenon; who exemplified the art world’s shift from Paris to New York after World War II.

Cast:

  • Jackson Pollock / Yannick Debain
  • Lee Krasner / Sarah Adler
  • Peggy Guggenheim / Marine Blake

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