ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Jackson Pollock painting housed in the Empire State Plaza Art Collection is on the move.
The piece which had hung at the base of the corning tower was shipped out earlier this month. It will be an important part of an upcoming exhibit in London and Texas.
Organizers say loaning out the piece; Jackson Pollock’s “Number 12” fulfills an important goal of the plaza art collection, exposing others to the work of artists from right here in the Empire State.
The painting has an interesting history. It was purchased by Nelson Rockefeller for his personal collection back in 1952.
It was put on display in the Executive Mansion in 1960 where it was badly damaged in a fire that broke out in 1961. Over the next 30 years it was restored.