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Awesome! Jackson Pollock’s Mural Now On Display at the Getty

One of the 20th century's most famous abstract expressionist works now showing for free in Los Angeles through June 1.

Dave Swindle


March 18, 2014 - 9:30 am

April and I are definitely going to go and see this exhibit soon. We need to go to the Getty more often.

The painting’s creation was dramatized in the 2000 biopic Pollock, directed and starring Ed Harris:

Alas, real life is less exciting than fiction, as the LA Times reports, many layers of the painting would have made a single night’s creative burst impossible:

Doubts that Pollock painted the 20-foot canvas in one sustained burst of all-night creative fervor, which was central to the artist’s myth promoted by his widow, painter Lee Krasner, had been growing for some time — most cogently in the work of Pollock scholar Francis V. O’Connor. As I wrote on Monday, Getty conservators have now laid that myth to rest, showing through careful scientific and other analysis how it was virtually impossible.

I can’t wait to see it for real.

David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.

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Jackson Pollock, artist? HAHAHAHAHA! Then so is my dog.
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For people who have not seen this tortured man's work but love the abstract I urge you to go buy this DVD (sorry, but for some ungodly reason there is still no Blu-Ray version). It is simply a brilliant film!

I was fortunate to see some of his work, both at MOMA in NYC and also in L.A. (when I still lived there). I fell in love with the abstract expressionists work, his, Rothko, and the others. Absolutely wonderful!

Thank you, David, for the post!!
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