Million Dollar Painting: Blue Poles

Title:
Million Dollar Painting: Blue Poles
NFSA ID:
14336
Year:
1974
Courtesy:
Cinesound Movietone Productions
Category:
Access fees

The first Australian public viewing of Blue Poles (Number 11, 1952) by American abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock at the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), 1974. The painting was purchased by director of National Gallery of Australia (NGA) James Mollison for $1.3 million in 1973 with approval from Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Mollison is seen here with director of AGNSW Peter Laverty. The painting was a controversial purchase of the time and still a topic of debate today. This is an excerpt from The Australian Movie Magazine No. 7415: Blue Poles.