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.