Art: Dappled Glories

It's the show of the season: a survey of the innovative, swirling works by Jackson Pollock that changed the face of American art

The most eagerly awaited show of the U.S. art season opens this week at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City: the retrospective of Jackson Pollock's work, organized by MOMA's senior curator of painting and sculpture, Kirk Varnedoe, in tandem with co-curator Pepe Carmel. The two have done a brilliant job, producing, along the way, one of the very few museum catalogs that can be read for pleasure as well as instruction. Amazingly enough, the American audience hasn't had a chance to see Pollock's work whole in more than 30 years. The last comprehensive show in a U.S. museum...

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