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On, Around and Beyond Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’

With speech-to-text transcription and BSL interpretation


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Friday 4 November 2016
6.30 — 7.30pm

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Jackson Pollock, Mural (detail), 1943.

Oil and casein on canvas. 243.21 x 603.25 cm. The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim. © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation ARS, NY and DACS, London 2016.

David Anfam, leading authority on Abstract Expressionism and curator of the RA’s exhibition, explores the origins, significance and influence exerted by Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ (1943) – one of the most influential artworks of the 20th century.

Commissioned in 1943 by Peggy Guggenheim, Jackson Pollock’s Mural played a key role in catalyzing the phenomenon known as Abstract Expressionism. Since then, this astonishing painting has influenced generations of artists and sculptors, such as Lee Krasner, David Smith and Richard Serra. The largest painting that Pollock ever created, Mural brings to the fore such issues as large scale, the expressive gesture and the dichotomy between representational and abstract art. Mural arguably remains one of the most seminal paintings of the second half of the 20th century. In this lecture, David Anfam, the pre-eminent expert on Abstract Expressionism and curator of the RA’s exhibition, explores the cultural context of Mural, its origins and its ongoing legacy.

This talk will be accompanied with speech-to-text transcription by STAGETEXT and BSL (British Sign Language) interpretation.

All ticket prices include one complimentary drink at a reception following the event.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Friday 4 November 2016

6.30 — 7.30pm

The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts

£17 (includes exhibition entry). £12 (event only). Reductions available.