Rewriting the History of Abstract Expressionism



[image]The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/ARS

Jackson Pollock’s ‘Number 7, 1952.’

Water Mill, N.Y.

And Southampton, N.Y.

In accounts of the Abstract Expressionist era, painter and assemblage-maker Alfonso Ossorio (1916-1990) is better known for throwing great parties and purchasing important works by major artists than for producing significant work of his own.

Attempting to rewrite that history is “Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet,” the provocative show at the Parrish Art Museum near the Long Island communities where Ossorio, as well as Jackson Pollock, lived and worked. It positions the underrated oeuvre of the wealthy bon vivant on equal footing with works by Pollock and Jean Dubuffet, his two renowned friends, who held him in

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