[New York] : Johnson Reprint Corp., 1982.
 p. : chiefly ill. ; 16 x 34 cm.
NC139.P6 A4 1982 F ARTLCKM
This book is a facsimile reproduction, one of 525 made, of a bound Japanese mulberry paper notebook that Pollock used from 1950-53. During much of this time Pollock mostly used the book as a jotting pad located next to his telephone. The later pages of the book, however, transition to a sketchbook whose images and ideas that bear close relation to much of his more finished work of the period. The abstract shapes in monochromatic black are especially reminiscent of a series of ink drawings on Japanese paper that Pollock executed around the same time. In his mature career Pollock generally did not use sketchbooks, so this item’s existence is relatively unique. The last few years of his life, as his celebrity and alcoholism began increasingly to weigh on him, saw relatively little artistic production. An excellent, separately bound, introduction by William S. Lieberman presents a thoughtful elucidation of the book’s content. See also The Jackson Pollock Sketchbooks in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a collection of three facsimiles, also in the Locked Stacks. For a scholarly evaluation of Pollock’s career, see the exhibition catalog Jackson Pollock.
The last sketchbook.