TASCHEN 25 – Special edition!Painting as a conceptA tragic icon of Abstract Expressionism, Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) took influences from Picasso and Mexican surrealism and developed his own way of seeing, interpreting, and expressing. Though his name inevitably conjures up images of the drip paintings for which he is most famous, this technique was only developed midway through his career. The progression from his earlier work to his final “action” paintings —a veritable revolution of painting as a concept—reveals the genius of this tortured artist whom many call the greatest modern American painter.About the author: Leonhard Emmerling received his doctorate from the University of Heidelberg for a thesis entitled ‘Kunsttheorie Jean Dubuffets.’ Since 2002 he has been working as an author and contemporary art exhibition curator in Berlin, Kaiserslautern, Krefeld and Ludwigsburg, Germany. He is currently director of St Paul Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, and curator of the New Zealand pavilion at the Venice Biennial in 2009. His previous publications include TASCHEN’s Jean-Michel Basquiat.