Silkscreen printings by Jackson Pollock shown at the American Embassy in Berlin

Berlin, 19 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).

The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies has announced that six silkscreen printings by the American artist Jackson Pollock will be shown in the United States embassy in Berlin. In addition, eight photographs by Lee Friedlander will be shown at the American Mission of the United Nation in New York.

Pollock’s works have been donated by Pollock-Krasner Foundation in occasion of the artist centenary this year, in 2012. In Berlin the silkscreen printings will join the 65 other artists works and two installations designed for the occasion. The photos by Friedlander are exhibited next to the works of 50 American artists.

Jackson Pollock is an American painter belonging to the abstract expressionism movement. Born the 18 January 1912 and died in an accident in 1956, the artist experienced a late acknowledgement. Indeed, it is only at the end of the Second World War, when New York became the capital of culture, that Jackson Pollock got access finally to his share of success and glory. His marriage with the painter Lee Krasner contributed to his fame. His work was highly influential for contemporary art.

Lee Friedlander is an American photographer born in 1934. After having studied photography at the Art Centre in Los Angeles, he moved to New York in 1956 where he photographed jazz concerts, fixing on film the exquisite atmosphere of the places of this time. Never seen without his Leica 35 mm, he focuses mainly on the “social environment”. Thus his photos, mainly in black and white, capture urban life, stores windows and posters on the walls.