Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Paul Klee, Lee Bontecou, and others.
41 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
May 16, 2016 - July 29, 2016
Jason McCoy Gallery is pleased to present MASTER DRAWINGS, an exhibition composed exclusively of works on paper from
a selection of twentieth century masters. The drawings in this exhibition range in both scale and medium, spanning a large
variety of artistic movements, styles and techniques. While František Kupka’s Woman Picking Flowers from 1909-10, a complex
study for the artist’s famous painting of the same title, is the earliest example in the show, Richard Diebenkorn’s Untitled (Ocean
Park), 1991, marks the latest.
Highlights include a large abstract watercolor by Lee Krasner on handmade Howell paper, a delicate pencil study by Paul Klee
depicting a child in motion, as well as a multi-panel Galaxy installation by Frederick Kiesler. Additionally, two works from Jackson
Pollock’s psychoanalytic series, Untitled (Number 65), 1939-40 and Untitled, 1939-40, composed of sixty-nine works in total, was
completed while Pollock was undergoing psychoanalysis with Dr. Joseph Henderson. In an effort to open communication and
perhaps recalling earlier psychotherapeutic experiments, Pollock began to make drawings to supplement words where words
alone had been inadequate. The imagery in these works recall Surrealist iconography, a significant source of inspiration for
Pollock, but also illuminate the artist’s unique and alchemical vocabulary, as well as his attraction to psychic automatism. Indeed,
it is clear how this series affected the artist’s artistic development, specifically his drip paintings of the 1940s.
Meanwhile, two works on paper by Larry Rivers pay homage to the artist’s draftsmanship while also revealing his use of this craft
to transcribe his daily life, and the important people who surrounded him. As John Russell aptly noted in The New York Times in
1979: “Rivers is a very good draftsman by any standard, but, more than that, he is a man who lives through drawing. He draws his
friends, his lovers, the banknote in his pocket and the package of cigarettes that he has just picked up at the tobacconist’s, and he
makes of these drawings a light-handed autobiography that is a joy to read.” In contrast, Lee Bontecou’s two drawings in this show
seem to render imaginary landscapes that are steeped in an almost otherworldly beauty. While intimate in scale, both works
illustrate an acute sensibility for form and volume, evocative of the artist’s ability to exude a powerful energy with refined means.