JACKSON POLLOCK, Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist), 1950, oil, enamel, aluminum paint, fig. 15-4. At a certain moment the canvas began to appear to one American painter after another as an arena in which to act—rather than as a space in which to reproduce, redesign, analyze or “express” an object real or imagined. What was to go on the canvas was not a picture but an event. -Harold Rosenberg, 1952
Painting and Sculpture, 1945 to 1960 WILLEM DE KOONING, Woman I, 1950–1952. Fig. 15-5.