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Blue Poles
Artist Jackson Pollock
Year 1952
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 210 cm × 486.8 cm (83 in × 192 in)
Location National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Blue Poles is an abstract painting from 1952 by the American artist Jackson Pollock, more properly known as Blue Poles: Number 11, 1952. It is similar to other drip paintings by Pollock, with the addition of eight large vertical blue "poles" placed over the top. It is owned by the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

National Gallery of Australia purchase

In 1973, the work was purchased by the Australian Whitlam Government for the National Gallery of Australia, then called the Australian National Gallery, for US$2 million (A$1.3 million at the time of payment). At the time, this was the highest price ever paid for a modern painting. In the conservative climate of the time, the purchase created a political and media scandal.

The painting is now one of the most popular exhibits in the gallery, and now is thought to be worth as much as $200 million, according to the latest news.[1] It was a centrepiece of the Museum of Modern Art's 1999 retrospective in New York, the first time the painting had returned to America since its purchase.

References

  1. ^ "Our Poles world's top-priced painting?". The Canberra Times. 4 November 2006. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/our-poles-worlds-toppriced-painting/488905.aspx.  

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