REGINALD POLLACK was born in 1924. He has lived and worked in New York, Paris, Provence, Rome, Virginia, and California. After early art studies at the High School of Music and Art in New York he gained studio experience with Moses Soyer. During World War II, Pollack served in the 87th Mountain Infantry, participated in the Invasion of Kiska in the Aleutians, and served with the Air Force in the Southwest Pacific Theater. During his military training in Colorado he continued his art studies with Boardman Robinson.

After the war Pollack studied and painted in Paris for twelve years. During those years he was a neighbor to Constantin Brancusi at the impasse Ronsin and was also friendly with Giacometti. Returning to New York in 1961 he was appointed Visiting Critic in Art at Yale University. For the next ten years Pollack exhibited regularly with the Peridot Gallery in New York.

After a move to Los Angeles in 1963 he exhibited with the Felix Landau Gallery and the Jefferson Gallery. His work entered many private and public collections, including the Hirshhorn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of American Art, and Whitney Museum. Most recently the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired a painting of his Paris days. It is currently being shown nationally in several museums as part of a traveling group exhibition entitled "Still Life: The Object in American Art, 1915-1995". The New Orleans Museum of Art recently acquired two major paintings; a show is projected centered around one of the paintings-on the theme of President John F. Kennedy's death; eighty-one drawings related to the Kennedy theme were also acquired by the Museum. An April 1998 exhibit of Pollack's "Birds" was presented by the St. Tammany Art Association to coincide with the Great Louisiana Bird Fest '98. The University of California at Santa Cruz recently acquired two large paintings for the Chancellor's House, ','The Forest As Seen by Mozart" and "First Snow". Further, Stanford University's Museum of Art recently acquired a painting of Pollack's Paris days and the Skirball Cultural Center and Museum in Los Angeles has acquired one painting from the same period as well as one from the 1990's.

Pollack has had more than sixty one person exhibitions. He continues to paint and sculpt in California. In November 1998, Pollack gave a talk to the Fine Arts Division of the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California. In December 1998, fifty of his paintings and sculptures were exhibited at the Merrill Lynch offices in Indian Wells, California.

 

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