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Jackson Pollock and Tony Smith: Sculpture: An Exhibition on the Centennial of their Births and Tony Smith: Source Matthew Marks Gallery Through October 27, 2012

Nominally a show of sculpture, Matthew Marks is presenting something more like relics of art world myth, or a romanticized artist-buddy story (think Lust for Life or Schnabel's Basquiat). It seems an odd pairing at first glance: Pollock, whose paintings consist of poured or dripped skeins of paint and are the archetype of Ab Ex passion, and Tony Smith, whose Buckminster Fuller-like geodesic monuments ushered in an Age of Cool. This show presents the remains of a day, one spent at Smith's New Jersey home, when Smith tried to coax out of the fallow (and soon-to-be-dead) Pollock a few last attempts at making art and ended up becoming a sculptor himself.

This five-work show is essentially a teaser for the uber-Minimal show Source, at Marks's larger space on 24th Street. »

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