- 1920-[199-] (Creation)
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26 cm of textual records
229 photographs (129 negatives, 60 slides, 40 prints)
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John Henry Pollock (1930–1992), known primarily as Jack Pollock, was a Canadian art dealer, painter, art instructor, author and owner/director of the Pollock Gallery in Toronto. Born in Toronto, he attended the Ontario College of Art there and the Slade School of Fine Art in London, England. He opened the Pollock Gallery in Toronto in 1960. In 1962, Jack Pollock met Anishinaabe painter and printmaker Norval Morrisseau while teaching in northern Ontario. Shortly after, he mounted an exhibition (1962) of the artist’s work at the Pollock Gallery, which continued to represent Morrisseau for several years. In 1979, Jack Pollock collaborated with author and broadcaster Lister Sinclair (1921–2006) on the illustrated publication The art of Norval Morrisseau (Toronto: Methuen, 1979). Pollock also wrote We all are all (Toronto, 1980), a privately-published book of poetry illustrated with his own drawings; Dear M (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1989), a memoir in letters written to his psychiatrist between 1984 and 1987; and several exhibition catalogues. After he became chronically ill, the Pollock Gallery closed in 1981. In 1984 he moved to Gordes in the south of France. Jack Pollock died in Toronto in 1992. Paintings, prints and drawings by Jack Pollock are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Hamilton (Ont.) and other public art museums in Canada.
The materials now constituting the Jack Pollock fonds were gathered and maintained after Pollock's death by his niece, Barbara Barrett, who transferred them to the AGO in 2019.
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AGO Credit line: Gift of Barbara Ann Barrett, 2021
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Fonds consists of the personal records of Jack Pollock, including his writings (unpublished and manuscript); selected correspondence, experimental works on paper, publicity material such as press clippings, photographs of the artist and his associates, and related personal documents.
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No further accruals are expected.
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Open. Access to Special Collections is by appointment only. Please contact the reference desk for more information.
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Copyright is held by the creator or their heirs. Copyright belonging to other parties, such as that of photographs, may still rest with the creator of these items. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the fonds.
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Originally prepared 2021; uploaded 8 July 2022
Prepared and uploaded by Amy Furness