SothebysTaubman7Jackson Pollock’s Black and White Painting III (c.1951) is part of The Collection of A. Alfred Taubman — “Masterworks” to be auctioned off on November 4, 2015 at Sotheby’s in NYC.

After World War II Abstract Expressionism, aka “Action Painting” (epithet coined by Harold Rosenberg in 1951) brought American art to the attention of the world.

“It was one of Pollock’s signal accomplishments to give such a magnitude and impressiveness to the act of painting as to make us think of the mysteries of natural creation, of that ‘first division of chaos’ at the origin of our world” Sam Hunter, American Art of the 20th Century (Abrams, 1974)

Photograph: Stephen Wise