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Jackson Pollock: Mural exhibition opens Saturday, July 12 at the Sioux City Art Center

Reproduced with the permission of The University of Iowa Reproduced with the permission of The University of Iowa

The Sioux City Art Center's exhibition of Jackson Pollock's Mural will be on display starting July 12.

The opening remarks and ribbon cutting will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Art Center at 225 Nebraska Street.

It is part of the Art Center's centennial year celebration.

Al Harris-Fernandez, Art Center Director notes, "The opportunity to bring Pollock's Mural to Sioux City is extraordinary. It is especially satisfying to exhibit this icon of modern art in Sioux City during the Art Center's centennial."

The Art Center's Curator, Todd Behrens explains, "This painting marked the first occasion for Pollock to work at a wall-sized scale, allowing him to work more physically and express greater force and intensity. This new, more physical approach to painting would become Pollock's trademark and signaled that the possibilities of contemporary painting had shifted."

The Jackson Pollock Mural is part of the University of Iowa Art Museum's Legacies for Iowa Collections Sharing Project.

There is no rental fee for the loan of the mural but because of increased security, insurance, facility modifications, shipping and additional expertise, the Art Center Association of Sioux City raised over $250,000.

The Jackson Pollock: Mural is free but a suggested free will donation of $5 per adult and $3 per student will be accepted.

Facts about Jackson Pollock: Mural - Provided by the Sioux City Art Center

1. Mural was commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim in 1943.

2. Pollock completed Mural on canvas in 1943. It's approximately 8 feet in height and nearly 20 in length.

3. Several years after Pollock finished Mural, he became widely known for dripping, pouring, and flicking paint on canvases that he placed on the floor.

4. Pollock's Mural recently underwent conservation at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles to remove decades-old varnish and create a new support for the canvas.

Click here to read more information about this exhibition.

Photo courtesy:

Jackson Pollock (American, 1912 – 1956)

Mural, 1943

Oil on canvas, 7 ’11-5/8” x 19’ 9-3/4”

Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6

University of Iowa Museum of Art

Reproduced with the permission of The University of Iowa


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