Jackson Pollock, “Red Composition” (1946), image courtesy Christie’s.

Roundup: Behind the Controversial Everson Museum Jackson Pollock Auction
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Artist Forrest Kirk has spent the last fourteen years abstracting police brutality. His first major solo exhibition, Body Count (2018) at Chimento Contemporary, put him on the map for his stark, colorful work that interweaves the long history of police violence on Black Americans with the complex brilliance of abstract expressionism.

He sat down with us to discuss the responses to those paintings then and now, the effects of the pandemic and nationwide uprising on his art, and what he’s been working on lately — head over to Otis Magazine to check it out.

What’s Behind the Controversial Jackson Pollock Auction? 

A couple weeks ago, Christie’s announced it would auction off the Jackson Pollock painting Red Composition on behalf of Syracuse’s Everson Museum of Art. The move is one of several similar ones made by museums lately, as they attempt to reallocate funding to diversify their collections.

Generally, the Association of Art Museum Directors frowns upon selling off (also called “deaccessioning”) works, though given the pandemic and museums’ need to remain financially solvent, the rules have been somewhat less strict of late. 

Response to the planned sale has been mixed. Critic Christopher Knight at the Los Angeles Times describes it as “inexcusable,” saying that in essence, the museum is choosing to privatize a public good, and should instead commit to a “a thorough structural overhaul that would bring actual equity to its boardroom, staff and volunteer roster, as well as its exhibition program and purchases of art.” 

For their part, Everson museum director Elizabeth Dunbar says that selling off the Pollock will allow them to “make enormous strides in building a collection that reflects the amazing diversity of our community and ensure that it remains accessible to all for generations to come.”

The auction is scheduled for October 6th. 

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