Jose Clemente Orozco, Gods of the
Modern World, aus: The Epic of American Civilization, 1932-34,
Wandmalerei, Hanover, NH, Commissioned by the Trustees of Dartmouth
Courtesy Carmichael, CA, Collection Mr. & Mrs. Aichele
Pollock's increasing dependence on alcohol forced him to
seek psychiatric care in 1937. Throughout his therapy sessions with
Joseph L. Henderson, he got in the habit of bringing along pages from his
sketchbooks, which he then gave to Henderson. Some of these famous
"Psychoanalytical Drawings" can also be seen in the exhibition at the
Deutsche Guggenheim and document the artist's investigation of
C.G. Jung's theories of male and female "archetypes."
A first turning point in Pollock's artistic development was
set off by his participation in the exhibition "American and French
Painting," organized by the painter and writer
John D. Graham. It was here that Pollock met the artist - and his later
Lee Krasner. Graham showed works by the still unknown young painter
directly opposite the overpowering works of Picasso, whom the
Museum of Modern Art had dedicated a sensational retrospective to in 1940
titled Picasso: Forty Years of His Art. Thus, an involvement with
Picasso's work began that proved to be both difficult and fertile.
Numerous drawings in the exhibition testify to just how hard Pollock
worked at coming to terms with the great Spanish artist.
Untitled (Skizzenblatt), um 1939-42
©2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York
In its concentration on the drawing oeuvre, "No Limits, Just Edges" offers a
unique opportunity to discover the lesser-known aspects of Jackson
Pollock's work. This not only goes for the drawings, which have been
seldom, if at all shown in Germany. In tracing Pollock's path from
figuration to abstraction, the exhibition also motivates the viewer to
investigate the ideas and visions of American post-war art, which
championed Pollock as its leading figure.