The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, April 21, 2018

Jackson Pollock's famous large scale painting, Mural, goes on view at the Sioux City Art Center
Jackson Pollock (American, 1912–1956), Mural, 1943. Oil and casein on canvas. The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6. Reproduced with permission from the University of Iowa.

SIOUX CITY, IA .- It is unusual for an exhibition to feature a single work of art. An artwork that deserves this special status is Jackson Pollock’s famous large scale painting, Mural. The painting initially commissioned as a mural, thus the name, was commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim in 1943, and donated to the University of Iowa in the early 1950s.

Pollock’s iconic painting is considered to have opened the door to Abstract Expressionism, the first American art movement that garnered international attention, and can be said to have helped shift the attention of the art world from Europe to America.

In addition to the importance of the artwork, Pollock and Guggenheim were larger than life characters. Guggenheim’s father perished on the Titanic, leaving Peggy with a fortune. Fascinated with artists and art she set out to build a collection with advice along the way by some of the most storied figures in art history, Piet Mondrian, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and others. In addition to collecting, Peggy founded and operated two contemporary art galleries first in London and then in New York City.

Guggenheim signed Pollock, whom she was initially unsure of, to her New York City gallery, Art of This Century, and provided him with a monthly stipend against sales, even lending Pollock and his wife, Lee Krasner, funds to purchase a modest house on Long Island with an adjacent barn in which he could work.

While Guggenheim championed many cutting edge artists of her time, Pollock is the most famous, crossing over from the art world into popular culture when he was featured in Life magazine in the 1949. While Pollock died in an automobile accident in 1956, his popular culture celebrity has continued, and added to with a recent mainstream movie on his life titled Pollock.

Pollock’s wife, the artist Lee Krasner who placed her own career on hold to promote Pollock and take care of him (he struggled with alcoholism), is now also recognized as an important artist. While both Jackson and Lee suffered financially during Jackson’s lifetime, after his death Lee managed the estate and created and left the Pollock/Krasner Foundation, with over $20,000,000 to help struggling and under-recognized artists.

The Jackson Pollock Mural is part of the University of Iowa Art Museum’s Legacies for Iowa Collections Sharing Project. As part of the Sharing Project the University does not charge a rental fee for the loan of Mural. But due to the extra costs required by increased security and insurance, as well as facility modifications, shipping and additional expertise, the Art Center Association of Sioux City had to raise $200,000 to make the project possible. The Association accomplished this goal through its Blockbuster Partners, a group of individuals, businesses and foundations whose mission is to underwrite and promote major exhibitions and acquisitions of art for the Art Center’s Permanent Collection.

Today's News

July 14, 2014

Brazilian artist Vik Muniz opens exhibition at the Église des Trinitaires in Arles

Solo exhibition of iPad drawings by British artist David Hockney opens at L.A. Louver

Pace presents a retrospective of Zhang Huan's oeuvre at project space in Switzerland

Jackson Pollock's famous large scale painting, Mural, goes on view at the Sioux City Art Center

Marks of Genius: Exhibition presents 100 extraordinary drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Contemporary Scandanavian artist Per Kirkeby opens exhibition at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich

Elective Affinities: Exhibition brings together a group of sculptures at Simon Lee Gallery

The Gregory Project: Slovak architect turns billboards into homes for the homeless

Phantom of The Opera one sheet may bring $150,000+ at Heritage Autions' Vintage Movie Poster auction

Interior Portraits: New ehibition opens at the New National Museum in Monaco

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona explores the evolution of Oskar Hansen's Open Form theory

'Being, Nothingness and Much, Much More: Roz Chast, Beyond The New Yorker' opens at the Bruce Museum

Exhibition of new paintings by Pradeep Puthoor on view at Nature Morte in New Delhi

Gormley's Fine Art hosts garden sculpture exhibition at Russborough

'Summer Show' at Pi Artworks Istanbul brings together works by five artists

Inventing Temperature: Group exhibition on view at the Korean Cultural Centre UK

'The other Side: Mirrors and Reflections in Contemporary Art' on view at the Belvedere

Tim Braden's first solo show in New York on view at Ryan Lee Gallery

Sculpture of Bogdan Rata in front of St. George's Hall within Independents Liverpool Biennial

Love Radio: Anoek Steketee and Eefje Blankevoort exhibit at Foam

Portuguese artist asks public to lie under dismembered train

First stop is Miami for U.S. premiere of Simon Ma's new world tour exhibition 'Heart, Water, Ink'

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- John Surtees' one-owner 1957 BMW 507 to be offered for the first time at Bonhams Festival of Speed sale

2.- Antiques looted in Libya by IS sold in Spain, two experts arrested

3.- The world's oldest bridge to be preserved by the British Museum's Iraq Scheme

4.- Exquisite jewels dazzle in historic Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia

5.- Now showing in US cinemas: "Hitler VS Picasso and The Others" directed by Claudio Poli

6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art returns stolen idols to Nepal

7.- Glasgow starts a year of celebration as Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition opens

8.- Very rare Qing Dynasty bowl sells for $30.4 million

9.- Gardner Museum publishes "Stolen" book about 13 works in 1990 theft

10.- Royal Ontario Museum announces appointment of Curator, Islamic Art & Culture

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful