Note on Number 28

Number 28 is an art piece created by Jackson Pollock. I just wanted to jot down parts of a comment by Clement Greenberg on that piece I came across recently. The art at question here is referred to as polyphonic in its composition, knit together with multiplicity of identical or similar elements. He describes the painting as repeating itself without strong variation from one end of canvas to another and digress with beginning, middle, and the end.

The terms Greenberg used in describing the painting is quite interesting to me, in that they might as well be used to describe music, writing, or some complex artificial life system. Perhaps the multiplicity of the nature of ‘art’ without medium is more readily obvious than I first imagined.


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