Patti Adler reunited with Jackson Pollock’s famous painting Blue poles

This week, Patti Adler was reunited with Jackson Pollock’s famous painting Blue poles 1952 for the first time in over 40 years. The painting, which once hung on the walls of Patti Adler’s childhood home, has moved to a new position in the newly refurbished International Galleries at the National Gallery of Australia. Patti’s father, Ben Heller, a New York based art collector, was an early admirer of Pollock’s work and later befriended the artist. Heller sold the now iconic painting to the NGA in 1973. Under the leadership of inaugural NGA Director James Mollison, then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam approved the purchase of the work, amidst unprecedented protest from the press. Newspaper headlines referred to the work as ‘dribs and drabs’ painted by a ‘barefoot drunk’. Blue poles is now one of the most famous and popular works in Australia – visited by millions since it went

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