No. 15

* Nearly 20,000 images of artworks the museum believes to be in the public domain are available to download on this site. Other images may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. By using any of these images you agree to LACMA's Terms of Use.

No. 15

United States, 1950
Paintings
Oil on masonite
22 × 22 in. (55.88 × 55.88 cm)
Museum Associates Purchase Award (M.51.5.7)
Currently on public view:
Broad Contemporary Art Museum, floor 3

Since gallery displays may change often, please contact us before you visit to make certain this item is on view.

Label

Comprising tangled skeins of paint, No....
Comprising tangled skeins of paint, No. 15 demonstrates Jackson Pollock’s “drip” technique that characterized the artist’s gestural, expressive style, a hallmark of Abstract Expressionism, which emerged in the United States in the climate of Cold War politics and social and political conservatism. Upending the conventions of traditional easel painting, Pollock flung, poured, and splattered commercial house paint onto unstretched canvases, Masonite, or paper laid on his studio floor. Although the compositions may appear frenetic, Pollock’s paint application is surprisingly controlled, achieving a balanced distribution of color and line, evenly framed by a more sparsely painted edge.

Exhibition wall label, 2021.
More...

Bibliography

  • Catalogue of Jackson Pollock Retrospective.  New York: The Museum of Modern Art, November 1998
  • Clark, T.J.  "Le petit chez Pollock."  and Singerman, Howard.  "Processus picturaux en 1970: les effets de non-composition."  La Part de l'�il 17/18: 73-88 and 265-286 (2001/2002).
  • Catalogue of Jackson Pollock Retrospective.  New York: The Museum of Modern Art, November 1998
  • Clark, T.J.  "Le petit chez Pollock."  and Singerman, Howard.  "Processus picturaux en 1970: les effets de non-composition."  La Part de l'�il 17/18: 73-88 and 265-286 (2001/2002).
  • LACMA: Obras Maestras 1750-1950: Pintura Estadounidense Del Museo De Arte Del Condado De Los Angeles. Mexico, D.F.: Museo Nacional de Arte, 2006.
  • Terry Winters: Patterns in a Chromatic Field. New York: Matthew Marks Gallery, 2014.
  • En Esto Ver Aquello: Octavio Paz y El Arte. México, D.F.: CONACULTA, Dirección General de Publicaciones, 2014.

  • Muchnic, Suzanne. LACMA So Far: Portrait of a Museum in the Making. San Marino, California: Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 2015.
  • King, Jennifer, ed. Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Munich: DelMonico Books-Prestel, 2020.

More...