Pollock stands on a large canvas unrolled in a field, among paint cans, crouching and concentrating, holding a paintbrush.

365 Days of Art: November 5 – Pollock Moves to Long Island, Obama Portrait Joins NYC Exhibition After Presidential Election

Jackson Pollock painting outside at Springs.
Jackson Pollock painting outside at Springs.

November 5, 1945

Jackson Pollock moves from New York City to Long Island, to a farmhouse in Springs. This is a shocking move at the time, since NYC is the center of the art world. The yard and barn where he keeps his studio become the backdrops for some of the most iconic Pollock moments: a documentary of him working, and many photos of him squatting over his canvas, with the barn walls behind him.

Fun Fact: The asking price on the house is $5,000; Peggy Guggenheim loans him $2,000 for the down payment. Obviously, this is before The Hamptons are The Hamptons!

Michelle Obama leans back in chair in crowd, while her small daughter rests her head in her lap.
Elizabeth Peyton: Michelle and Sasha Obama Listening to Barack Obama at the Democaratic National Convention August 2008, 2008

November 5, 2008

The day after the historic election of Barack Obama to the U.S. presidency, a new painting by Elizabeth Peyton goes on display at her exhibition of celebrity portraits at the New Museum: a portrait of Obama’s wife and daughter at the Democratic National Convention. The painting is commissioned by W magazine, but the museum’s curator decides that in the interest of being bipartisan, the painting will only join the exhibition if Obama wins the election.

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