Art: Pollock Revisited

In the eleven years since he was killed in a car crack-up at the age of 44, Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock, fabled for his whiplash paintings, truculent insistence on wearing cowboy boots, and his drunken rages, has ceased to be regarded as a guru among his fellow artists. A more sophisticated public is no longer shocked by the fact that he dribbled and threw paint at his monumental canvases instead of applying it with a brush. For those accustomed to the bright glow of neon, even his colors seem calm. In short, Pollock has become something that many artists dread more...

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