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Guardians of the Secret

Jackson Pollock

May 2017

Jackson Pollock, Guardians of the Secret, 1943; collection SFMOMA, Albert M. Bender Collection, Albert M. Bender Bequest Fund purchase; © Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  1. What was the first thing you noticed about this painting? What else caught your eye?
  2. After looking at this work for a while, close your eyes. What objects or shapes do you remember most clearly? Why do you think you remembered what you did?
  3. Find a hidden idea in this work. What is it, and what clues helped you to find it?
  4. If you created a work of art with the same title, what would it look like? What would your secret be and where would it be kept? What kinds of guardians would you include?

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