Jackson Pollock

Part of why people think art is elitist and unapproachable is the way art-folk are depicted in the media. Now, this clip is humourous, of course, but I can assure that none of my art snob friends would reply to you like this if you asked us what we thought of a Jackson Pollock painting. Instead, we'd probably first comment on the technique, because Pollock is credited with having "invented" the drip technique. Then, we might mention Pollock's life and the avant-garde developments in art of that time, and how they are reflected in the painting. Finally, we'd ask you what you see. No mention would be made of suicide, except in reference to Pollock's alcoholism, and how it lead to his untimely demise.

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