Pollock Artworks Found In Storage

Saturday, May 14, 2005

NEW YORK, May 13 -- A trove of 32 previously unknown works by abstract art icon Jackson Pollock has been discovered by a family friend, who said Friday he would like them to tour internationally and be studied by art historians.

Alex Matter, a filmmaker who knew Pollock from childhood, said the collection was among the possessions of his late parents, who were long associated with Pollock and his wife, Lee Krasner.

About two years ago Matter stumbled upon the artworks, wrapped in brown paper since 1958 and stored for almost three decades in a warehouse in East Hampton, Long Island.

Matter said he wanted the works to tour museums next year, the 50th anniversary of Pollock's death, but then remain mostly in his family's possession. They would be available for art historians to study.

The works, created from 1946 to 1949, when the artist was largely unknown, include 22 drip paintings and two enamels on paper, Matter said. The rest, all on board, are unfinished and experimental works that might show how Pollock explored the order of laying down colors.

Matter declined to estimate the value of the works, saying that could be determined only by the market. Last May a painting by Pollock sold for a record $11.65 million at auction.

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