1951 was a momentous time for Jackson Pollock. He had achieved his critical breakthrough with works produced in 1949 and he wasn’t sure what was next. Then he embarked upon the series now know as the Black and White Paintings, of which 'Black and White Painting III' is an exceptional example and in which Pollock’s visceral energy comes to the fore. The work is a highlight of Sotheby's The Collection of A. Alfred Taubman Masterworks sale on 4 November in New York. Visit sothebys.com/taubman.