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Jackson Pollock's Birthday

Relaxin' with JacksonI had to Google something this morning and saw that the ever-changing illustration on the home page was a painting by this enigmatic master. Pollock always elicits a reaction, no matter who looks at his work. Everyone has something to say and the reactions are over an enormous range of opinions from the indifferent to outraged to praise for his genius. No one seems to ignore Jackson Pollock.

I have to say that I was just a curious observer until I saw his painting, Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The painting is a very large canvas and I sat down on a small bench and just stared at the work of art. For some reason, I continued to do so for more than forty five minutes. I am not sure why but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I would include a picture but frankly it would not do any good because the size of the painting is what draws you in on a personal level. I had previously enjoyed the work of other artists that painted in genre of Abstract Expressionism and became interested in learning more about Pollock. I read a couple of books and watched a documentary and the feature length film with Ed Harris. He was a tortured soul of sorts and not always the best example of humanity but the man's story is fascinating. I am a fan of his work and like every other artist I enjoy I do NOT like everything single thing in his portfolio.

One of my favorite works by Pollock is, Painting (Silver over Black, White, Yellow and Red) and is on display at Centre Pompidou in Paris. A couple of years ago, my wife and I had the privilege of spending a couple of weeks in Paris and I was able to see that painting and two others by Pollock. We always enjoy traveling and museums in particular and she is extremely tolerant of my curious nature. Two other paintings are also on display, Number 26A, Black and White and The Deep (one of his last). I wanted to spend time looking at two of the works that were displayed side by side but in this case there was no bench so I just laid on the floor with my hands behind my head and looked. My wife took a picture and we still call it "Hanging out with Jackson". This is in no way any disrespect and I was just enjoying myself. Next time I may have to take one of those small folding stools in our daypack. For your amusement, click on this link for the opportunity to paint your own Pollock! You are guaranteed to have a good time!

Art is a subject about which all people have an opinion. Whether your tastes are for Old Masters, Primitive, Realism, Cubism or any other ism, check out what there is to see in your community. Art appreciation and support enriches our society in countless ways and I think that local art museums and artists that are in my town and yours are worth noting and would make a great Localism Post!

 

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49 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • January 28 2009 08:40AM

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I think Pollock's pictures look a lot like our national financial plans :)

Posted by Karen Fiddler Broker/Realtor (The Fiddler Realty Team/eVantage Real Estate) about 1 year ago

I saw that on Google this morning, too.  I always liked Jackson Pollock.  At first glance it looks like totally random splatters on the canvas.  But upon further investigation (staring at it for a moment or two).. you can see that there is a very strong organization of color and form.  It's far from random, and quite carefully constructed.

Happy birthday Jackson!

Posted by Alan May, Coldwell Banker Evanston Realtor®, Evanston Real Estate (Evanston Condos, Evanston Homes, North Shore Homes) about 1 year ago

Russell - I have an Art and Antique Appraisal Certificate and when we were studying Jackson Pollock, I could not really get too excited about his paintings.  My husband always said they are like his 4-year old  granddaughter's painting.  I'm for the Old Masters and lately Mort Kunstler's Civil War paintings.

Posted by Rosalinda Morgan, "The Rose Lady", Brookville NY Real Estate Professional (Laffey Fine Homes, Licensed Associate Broker) about 1 year ago

I think Austin has a wonderfully exciting Art Scene and it would be very cool if you posted about that in your blog. I also wanted to mention that your wife puts up with a lot of your humor and mischief but I am sure you are worth it!

Posted by Lynne about 1 year ago

Good Morning Russell-I took Art History a short while ago and I sure did learn a lot that I never knew. Art is definitely something wonderful in our world.  Great photos and you gave me an idea for a blog. it is good to see you. Have a great day.

P.S.-My fav work of ART. The colorful guy laying on the floor. :-)  First the bear and now this I love it. I like seeing this side of YOU. :-)

Posted by Pat Preston (RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va) about 1 year ago

Russell, Pollock was truely one of the great American Masters.  Utill you have actually seen them in the flesh it is really difficult if not impossible to get their power.  However, for myself, I was more partial to his buddy Franz Kline.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle, WA, Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections.com) about 1 year ago

Karen I started laughing as soon as i saw your comment!

Alan Thanks for dropping by, I took a page from your book and just posted about something fun and non-real estate related.You are absolutely correct that it is not just random and indeed well thought out (even in a sometimes spontaneous context!)

RosalindaIt's true, even people who have art as part of their profession do not like all kinds of art. It's what makes art so wonderfully diverse. I too like all schools of painting and sculpture and will check out your reference to Mort Kunstler's Civil War paintings.

 Lynne we are incredibly fortunate to have an art community that is alive and well and thriving here in Austin. And yes...I am lucky to be married to someone who enjoys my sense of humor as well as adventure!

Pat it is so good to hear from you my friend. I am glad that you are doing better these days and have decided to grace us with an appearance. I need to see what you have recently posted and cannot wait to see what I may have inspired!. To tell the truth, my wife would agree that I am a somewhat "colorful character"...

Charles Thanks so much for dropping by, you are right, seeing them in person is what makes a huge difference, I am also a fan of some of Kline's work too!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, I love the looking at the paintings on the wall from the floor. That gives another perspective as well. Paintings definitely mean different things to different people. That is how art is.

Posted by Gary Woltal - Assoc. Broker REALTOR® SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 1 year ago

Russell I know you love art in all forms and you have such a wonderful perspective on the world. Thanks for another fun post!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

That is an awesome picture of you.  I am glad you were captured in the moment of doing something you love.  Awesome! KM

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX~Real Estate 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) about 1 year ago

Bumper Sticker..  "Just because no one understands you, does not make you an artist.."

I like Western Paintings.. you know ones with horses, guns, cowboys, indians, bluebonnets, mountains, windmills, cactus, old shacks with smoking chimneys, cowpokes, cows, mules, snakes, teepees, big bucks, forts, thunderstorms on the prairie, roundups, saloons, etc..

But lets toast to Jackson Pollack today... Cheers.!

Posted by Buster Spillar about 1 year ago

Garyyou are absolutely right, art does mean different things to different people and that is waht makes it such a community affair!

Allysoun I really am a fan of al sorts of art in all of it's myriad forms! Thanks for dropping by!

Kristin Thanks, my wife took the picture while laughing at what a sometimes nutty person she is married to and that make me very lucky!

Buster I like the same kind of art too and especially outdoor wildlife paintings! I also like your continued open minded attitude and that is why we are friends!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Hey, this is really cool! I love it that we have all kinds of art around and that we have always been encouraged to explore!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Russell you never cease to amaze me and pleasantly surprise too! Happy birthday to Mr. Pollock and thanks for the impact of his work on the art world!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Mattie We have always had some pretty varied interests and it's fun sharing them with the online community!

Scott I know this is not real estate related but it's fun to post about things that even slightly relate to the community and thanks for the compliment. Sometimes I just post purely for fun!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Never have liked his paintings.  I liked the comment that the painting on my "Google" homepage looked like our financial budget..could not of said it better!!  Sorry just not a fan.  Are you still my friend and do you know who this is????

XXOO

Posted by Karen David-Mohr about 1 year ago

I love the Met but missed that one.

Posted by Marchel Peterson Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell!
I am an artist and yet there are some artwork I don't get.  I think that is the beauty of art...there is something for everyone...and I love your viewpoint of these paintings!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunnigan, REALTORS (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) about 1 year ago

Karen I totally get that and have to tell you that you are also one of my favorite people around! And yes...you signed your name so I do know who this is! Ha Ha you must have had a "Blond" moment! BTW just login in next time for some comment points!

Marchel I have been there twice and still not taken in everything there is to see!

Paula That is the beauty of art and I just remembered about your sculpture. I have only seen a few pieces in one of your posts but your are exceptionally talented.Do you have a separate web site for your work?

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell- Shoot, here I thought you were just lounging in your living room surrounded by EXPENSIVE artwork...LOL  My goodness the Centre Pompidou is huge!  Must have been a memorable experience.  I also love art - if I had TONS of money, I would have exquisite works of art for my personal enjoyment.  I don't envy very much in life...but works of beauty, talent and expression...oh yes, I can surely covet those.  I would show you my Pollock imitation except it was BAD!!!  Have a super day, you're the best :-)

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com) about 1 year ago

Well Russell, you always surprise with your knowledge and interests in so many things! Very entertaining article and actually hands-on! Is there an art museum in Austin that has examples of Abstract painting?

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) about 1 year ago

I have to say that I am not a fan of Jackson Pollock but you wrote such a great story. I am indeed a fan of your blog! Very entertaining!

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell, I heard you had a new blog and showed up here to check it out! You always tell such great stories and though you don't post too much real estate stuff, it's all very entertaining!

Posted by Erin about 1 year ago

Gail Oh you are really cracking me up. I would at least have one of those cheesy recliners with the beverage cup holder! HAH! You are right about the museum it's very large  (but still smaller than the Louvre-holy mackerel!!!) We are big fans of all kinds of art and always manage to get in a tour of any museums when we are traveling. So I guess you clicked n the Pollock painting link, It was so much fun and I wasted way too much time fooling around with it, as I often do with any new toy?!?!? Best to you and have a great day yourself my friend!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Well I see some of the office managed to drop by and THANKS!!!

Jeannette I do happen to have a wide range of interests and you are right that O always seem to enjoy myself. There are some great venues and museums here in Austin but (and I am going out on a limb here) the only collections of Abstract Expressionism are not very good. In my layman's opinion they are pretty much left over's...

Anne I always appreciate you dropping by and commenting! Thank you!

Erin Ok, yes, I am busted because I am really trying to post more about real estate in the areas where I have worked for over fifteen years but then something comes up and well, I end up posting about Jackson Pollock!?!?!?

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, One of the benefits living near the nation's capital is the abundance of museums.  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka - Prince William, Fairfax ,Stafford County VA Real Estate Service (RE/MAX Olympic Realty) about 1 year ago

Karen thanks for visiting! I have not been to Washington in years but would love to return and see at least a fraction of the incredible things to see in all of the museums in your part of the world!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell...

You never cease to amaze me...an art lover too!  Wish we would have had more time to talk in Austin.

I was in Paris a couple of years ago and went to the Museum d' Orsay all by my self.  I spent the whole day and had a wonderful time.  Art can invoke every emotion there is.

Let's run off to NY for a few days?

Feeling better and plan on staying that way.  Love Ya, Liz

Posted by Liz Carter,Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston) (Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life!) about 1 year ago

PS Since they have changed everything so much while I was out, would you have time to walk me through setting up my custom blog page again???  Yous looks really good!  L

Posted by Liz Carter,Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston) (Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life!) about 1 year ago

Hi Liz!!! I am so glad you are feeling better and when you are up to it, give us a visit! I would love to talk. The last two times Jason and I have had lunch it went over 2 1/2 hours each time so you would fit right in! My wife and I also spent a day at the Orsay, unbelievable collection and it would take a couple of weeks to scratch the surface of all NYC has to offer! Liz, keep taking care of yourself and we will talk soon.

 

I will email or comment on your blog about the custom blog page (I am having some difficulty figuring it out myself too)

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

I noticed that on Google too! Art is made to be enjoyed. If your experience is enhanced by standing on your head, I say DO IT! When I travel the first thing I look for is a museum. They are so amazing!!

 

Posted by Betina Foreman-Serving Lake Travis, Lake Austin and the greater Austin area! ((512)771-6318 Prospect Real Estate Solutions, LLC) about 1 year ago

Russell,
What I love about all forms of arts is that one's opinion is always "right"! 

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) about 1 year ago

hey there, I just stopped in to remind you of the group open house this weekend! I know you are participating and wanted to make sure you remember to post it in Localism!

I am still laughing at you chilling out on the floor of that Paris art museum...you are such a hoot!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Betina You are my kind of art lover, whatever enhances the experience! My wife is right though, I often do things just to see if I can get away with them!

Cynthia You are so right because it's all in the eye of the beholder!

Allysoun My wife actually took that picture and she is amazingly tolerant of my mischievous nature! I am working on getting the open house post out later today and since we have 23 homes participating, it would be a great post in Localism. Thanks!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell, I commented before but I do think it would make good localism material for you to post about some of the cool art museums and galleries here in Austin! You have a lot of knowledge on the subject and your blog is always entertaining!

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) about 1 year ago

Jeannette Thanks for the suggestion. I will do something in the spring because we do have a great art community here in Austin!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

No one seems to ignore Jackson Pollock.

Who?  :)

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier - Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) about 1 year ago

Bruce whoops! Now that is very funny, thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Cool toy Russel! Love to visit the museums when I travel. You are such a cad! "extremely tolerant" your poor wife.

Posted by Crystal Ledbetter (Texas Home Group) about 1 year ago

Crystal So good to hear from you my friend, I am something of a hand full but my wife actually enjoys that! LOL...I hope you have been busy in your part of Texas!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

 hey Russell, I can't believe I missed this post. Oh well better late than never. I'm one of those people who thought Pollock was over-rated and abstract art was something for those who can't really paint. That shows you how little I know.

 Seeing the Ed Harris bio pic of Pollock was one of the things that got me into abstracts. I owe a lot of my new career to both of these guys. You have great taste in art!

 P.S. I sent you a bigger version of your blog header a few weeks ago to fit the new Rain format. If you didn't see/receive it let me know and I'll resend it. Have a great weekend buddy!

Posted by marti garaughty (The Art of Marketing YOU) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell, I stopped in to look at your open house post and figured I would see what else you have been up to! This is so like you and I appreciate your love of all things in the art world. Clever post my friend!

Posted by Erin about 1 year ago

I wanted you to know that everyone at the office enjoyed this post and we are looking forward to more in the future! Enjoy your weekend!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Marti WOW, I love your abstract painting and especially the style! I did see the film and can also recommend a book entitled "Such Desperate Joy". I have not received the blog  update but i will email you because it looks like the outside blog thing is working out and Iwould like to employ your exceptional talent to make it look great! I will be in touch soon!

Hi Erin Thank you very much, I appreciate you dropping by!

Scott Thanks for the kudos, I need to get back to posting again and have a couple of new ones in the works. I appreciate your continued support!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

I was never much into art until I got older. It seems the older we get, the more we enjoy the simple things in life, like art.

I see this is your most recent post, although you have a comment above mine. Hope all is well with you and yours.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego home inspector (Russel Ray, Property Consultant) about 1 year ago

Russel For some reason, I got it in High School from a fantastic art teacher and just took to it!

As far as posting, I have been remiis because i've been pretty busy but plann to remedy that soon! thanks for dropping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Just checking in to see if you had posted something new! I know you are busy so that's good! see you next week!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

I know...I know, I have been lax lately but have several I am working on in between actually working!

I appreciate your dropping by and THANKS!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Come on and post it already. I have been patiently waiting on your next masterpiece.

;)

 

Posted by Betina Foreman-Serving Lake Travis, Lake Austin and the greater Austin area! ((512)771-6318 Prospect Real Estate Solutions, LLC) about 1 year ago

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