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The Grin without the Cat

David Sylvester: Jackson Pollock at the Tate

1 April 1999
Jackson Pollock 
by Kirk Varnedoe and Pepe Karmel.
Tate Gallery, 336 pp., £50, March 1999, 1 85437 275 0
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Interpreting Pollock 
by Jeremy Lewison.
Tate Gallery, 84 pp., £9.99, March 1999, 1 85437 289 0
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... fitted into the next like a Russian doll. Even so, One: Number 31, 1950, and Lavender Mist: Number 1, 1950 are breathtaking. MoMA’s catalogue for the exhibition contains long essays by its curator, KirkVarnedoe, and his associate, Pepe Karmel. The Tate shares this catalogue while issuing its own publication in a smaller format with a text by the curator of the London showing, Jeremy Lewison. I’m ...
16 December 2004
... his team – Ann Temkin, Joachim Pissarro and Anne Umland (the first two are newcomers to MoMA).* Elderfield has worked in P&S for years, under the directorships of both William Rubin (1973-88) and KirkVarnedoe (1988-2000). Yet Elderfield’s final show in the old building, Modern Starts (2000), was cause for concern: a post-historical hodgepodge of disparate works placed together in lookalike ...

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