Trio of Abstract Expressionists in ‘Angels, Demons, and Savages’

Photo: The Pollock-Krasner Foundation /
Artists Rights Society, New York
Jackson Pollock’s 1951 “Untitled” is among 55 works by the three abstract expressionists on view in “Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet.”

In American art circles, Wyoming-born Jackson Pollock is widely considered one of the most influential of all the abstract expressionists.

The artist’s mercurial brilliance, evidenced by the wild physical action of his paint-splattered canvasses, is the stuff of legend — and multimillion-dollar sales at auctions around the world.

But a stunning new exhibition at the Phillips Collection reveals that Pollock’s own abstract expressionism was heavily influenced by two other important — if less well-known — purveyors of the form: American artist and patron Alfonso Ossorio and French painter Jean Dubuffet.

The Phillips Collection explores the close and mutually beneficial relationship among the three men in fascinating detail with its latest exhibition, “Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet.”

Featuring 55 paintings

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