NEW YORK, April 20 — Jackson Pollock’s explosive work have lengthy been wanted by artwork collectors. This development has solely elevated lately, as evidenced by the arrival in the marketplace of Number 31. This portray shall be auctioned in May at Christie’s.
Number 31 was created in 1949, just a few years after Jackson Pollock started motion portray. At the time, he was now not utilizing brushes to make these work, as a substitute projecting the paint randomly onto giant surfaces in a way often called drip portray. Jackson Pollock created solely 13 such works on paper in 1949, and solely eight of them featured the shiny metallic paint utilized in Number 31.
“With his revolutionary new technique, Pollock effectively upended the existing framework of traditional painting practices. True drip paintings were — and still are — the ultimate in mid-century American avant-garde, and are rare to come across in the secondary market,” stated Alex Rotter, Christie’s Chairman of twentieth and twenty first Century Art. “Number 31 is a superb example. It is a fantastic, frenetic combination of rich hues-straight from the paint can. It stands as a brilliant demonstration of Pollock’s rigor and effusiveness.”
The public sale home estimates that Number 31 may fetch greater than US$45 million (RM192 million) when the portray goes beneath the hammer on May 12 throughout its upcoming New York night sale of twentieth century artwork. It may grow to be certainly one of Jackson Pollock’s costliest work, having remained in the identical personal assortment for greater than 20 years.
However, this isn’t the primary time Number 31 has appeared in the marketplace. It was bought for US$3.5 million in 1998 at Christie’s, in keeping with the Artnet Price Database. This portray may now be bought for 13 occasions that quantity, whereas doubtlessly setting a brand new gross sales report for Jackson Pollock. To achieve this, it should exceed the US$61 million fetched by “Number 17” final November at Sotheby’s, through the first a part of the Macklowe sale. This quantity proved effectively above its preliminary estimate of US$35 million.
Other Jackson Pollock creations have reached public sale heights within the final 10 years. Among them, #31 and Number 19 bought for US$55 million and US$58 million respectively. Some of the American expressionist painter’s items have been recognized to vary palms for even greater sums in personal transactions. — ETX Studio