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Who is Jackson Pollock, and why is one of his less famous works of art — and its upcoming sale at an auction — so significant?

The Everson Museum of Art will be auctioning off a painting by the famed abstract expressionist this week through Christie’s Auctions. “Red Composition,” 1946, is expected to sell for millions. The Syracuse museum leadership said it plans to use the money to diversify its collection by acquiring works created by artists of color, women artists and other underrepresented creators.

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Property from the Everson Museum of Art, Sold to Benefit Acquisitions and Collections Care

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)
Red Composition
signed 'Jackson Pollock' (lower right); signed again and dated 'Pollock 46' (on the reverse)
oil on Masonite
19 x 23 ¾ in. (48.3 x 60.3 cm.)
Painted in 1946.


Peggy Guggenheim, Venice
Jimmy Ernst, New York, gift of the above, 1947
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman, New York
Gift of the above to the present owner, 1991

Estimate USD $12,000,000 - USD $18,000,000


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