research forum visiting conservator lecture

de Kooning and Pollock: The Actions of Painting

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

splash painting in greens, blues, orange, white, yellow, mauve
Jackson Pollock, Full Fathom Five, 1947 (detail). Gift of Peggy Guggenheim. The Museum of Modern Art, New York Image: courtesy the Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2010 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Speaker(s): Jim Coddington ( Research Forum Visiting Conservator, The Courtauld; and Agnes Gund Chief Conservator, Museum of Modern Art, New York)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Aviva Burnstock

The distinctive painting styles of de Kooning and Pollock, the prime exemplars of American “action painting”, are, on close examination, the product of considered effort and thought. This lecture will examine their materials and techniques and how such a consideration might be used to re-evaluate their work.

Jim Coddington is a Graduate of Reed College and a Masters in conservation from the University of Delaware. Prior to MoMA was a Mellon Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum. Research has included the theory and practice of conserving contemporary art, structural restoration of paintings, new imaging technologies for art and studies of the materials and techniques of Cezanne, Pissarro, Miro, Pollock and de Kooning. Co-editor with Maryan Ainsworth of summer 1996 Art Journal on Conservation and Art History.

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