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Coming this summer to a garden near you: Jackson Pollock Crocs

April 17, 2012|By Chris Barton
  • Crocs is coming out with a Jackson Pollack-inspired design.
Crocs is coming out with a Jackson Pollack-inspired design. (Ed Andrieski / Associated…)

This post has been updated. See below for details.

Makers of the defiantly ugly (yet quite comfortable) footwear Crocs are apparently making the leap into the modern art world this June with a limited-edition design in honor of the 100th birthday of painter Jackson Pollock.

The makers of the rubbery clog-styled shoes favored by chefs, hospital workers and all sorts of people who spend hours on their feet will release a paint-spattered version that was inspired by a photograph taken of the floor of the late painter's barn in Long Island, N.Y. Named for the artist and his late wife, Lee Krassner, the Pollock-Krasser House and Study Center in East Hampton will receive a royalty from each pair, which will list for $50, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Although any such deviation in color can only improve the clogs' signature love-'em-or-hate-'em look (Tim Gunn from "Project Runway" once likened them to "a plastic hoof," while longtime fan Mario Batali lent his name to a slip-resistant orange model), it's entertaining to imagine the irascible Pollock's reaction to his work being translated into a shoe that's also preferred by children and weekend gardeners. A lifelong alcoholic who may have also struggled with undiagnosed mental illness, Pollock died in 1956 at age 44 in a drunk-driving accident.

Among the other events planned for Pollock's 100th birthday is a New York City fundraiser for the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, which has given more than $50 million in grants to artists since 1985; a tribute to Pollock's art at the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery in Washington; and an exhibit called "The Persistence of Pollock" at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, opening May 3.

[Update, April 17, 5:40 p.m. An earlier version of this post misspelled Jackson Pollock's name was as 'Pollack" in two instances.]

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