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April 1, 2014 | By David Ng
The Getty Museum reported an uptick in attendance for March due in part to interest in its exhibition devoted to Jackson Pollock's "Mural. " March attendance at the Getty Center reached 127,466 visitors, an increase of 3% from the same month last year, museum officials said. Attendance in March 2013 was 123,734, a Getty spokeswoman said, also an unusually high number due to an early Easter and spring break and an exhibition of Vermeer's "Woman in Blue. " From 2010 to 2012, average March attendance at the Getty Center was about 97,000.
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April 12, 2014 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Gregory White Smith, a Harvard-trained lawyer, businessman, philanthropist and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who raised hackles in the art world with an intensely psychological examination of the life and work of Jackson Pollock, has died. He was 62. Smith died Thursday at his home in Aiken, S.C., of a rare brain tumor diagnosed nearly 40 years ago, said his spouse and co-author Steven Naifeh. Naifeh and Smith won the Pulitzer Prize in biography for "Jackson Pollock: An American Saga," which was published in 1990 and spurred the 2000 movie "Pollock" starring Ed Harris.
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March 10, 2014 | By Christopher Knight
Myths die hard. Especially creation myths. Messing with the symbolic origins of a world isn't something to be undertaken lightly. Jackson Pollock's mammoth 1943 painting "Mural" - nearly 8 feet high, 20 feet wide and covered edge-to-edge with rhythmic, Matisse-like linear arabesques, muscular abstract shapes and piercing voids, all of which he likened to a frenzied mustang stampede - was something entirely new for American art. The great painting represents...
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April 1, 2014 | By David Ng
The Getty Museum reported an uptick in attendance for March due in part to interest in its exhibition devoted to Jackson Pollock's "Mural. " March attendance at the Getty Center reached 127,466 visitors, an increase of 3% from the same month last year, museum officials said. Attendance in March 2013 was 123,734, a Getty spokeswoman said, also an unusually high number due to an early Easter and spring break and an exhibition of Vermeer's "Woman in Blue. " From 2010 to 2012, average March attendance at the Getty Center was about 97,000.
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February 3, 2014 | By David Ng
Following an extensive cleaning process that included the removal of a coat of varnish, the Getty Museum will put Jackson Pollock's monumental work "Mural" on display for the public starting in March. "Mural," which is dated from 1943, is scheduled to be on public view at the Getty Center in Brentwood from March 11 to June 1. The large-scale painting is part of the collection at the University of Iowa Museum of Art but has been in L.A. for the past couple of years so Getty experts could work on studying and cleaning the abstract painting.
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September 17, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
When does a Jackson Pollock painting look more like a Jackson Pollock painting? Simple: When it's clean. That's the not-altogether surprising thought that came to mind when I dropped by the J. Paul Getty Museum's conservation lab the other day to check out progress on Pollock's monumental 1943 “Mural.” Star of the collection at the University of Iowa Museum of Art , the epic painting had arrived in Los Angeles a year ago for extensive treatment....
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May 11, 2005 | Diane Haithman
The son of two artists who were friends and contemporaries of Jackson Pollock has announced that 32 previously unrecorded works by Pollock were found among his late parents' belongings. Alex Matter -- son of photographer, filmmaker and graphic designer Herbert Matter and abstract painter Mercedes Matter -- said through a spokeswoman that the 32 artworks were discovered a little more than two years ago in a wrapped package in Herbert Matter's storage space on Long Island.
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April 17, 2012 | By Chris Barton
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.
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April 12, 2014 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Gregory White Smith, a Harvard-trained lawyer, businessman, philanthropist and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who raised hackles in the art world with an intensely psychological examination of the life and work of Jackson Pollock, has died. He was 62. Smith died Thursday at his home in Aiken, S.C., of a rare brain tumor diagnosed nearly 40 years ago, said his spouse and co-author Steven Naifeh. Naifeh and Smith won the Pulitzer Prize in biography for "Jackson Pollock: An American Saga," which was published in 1990 and spurred the 2000 movie "Pollock" starring Ed Harris.
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May 22, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Willem Dafoe has been signed to portray painter Jackson Pollock in "Love Affair," a biographical film based on the artist's life, which is scheduled to film next year. The picture will follow the book "Love Affair," written by Ruth Kligman 15 years ago dealing with her personal relationship with Pollock, who died in a car crash in the late 1950s. Elizabeth Le Compte will direct the movie from a script written by herself and Marry Harron.
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March 12, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Times art critic
Four and a half years ago, Smithsonian magazine offered what was then the latest theory on the genesis of “Mural,” the epic Jackson Pollock painting that went on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum on Tuesday following 21 months of detailed conservation work. 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.
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March 10, 2014 | By Christopher Knight
Myths die hard. Especially creation myths. Messing with the symbolic origins of a world isn't something to be undertaken lightly. Jackson Pollock's mammoth 1943 painting "Mural" - nearly 8 feet high, 20 feet wide and covered edge-to-edge with rhythmic, Matisse-like linear arabesques, muscular abstract shapes and piercing voids, all of which he likened to a frenzied mustang stampede - was something entirely new for American art. The great painting represents...
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February 3, 2014 | By David Ng
Following an extensive cleaning process that included the removal of a coat of varnish, the Getty Museum will put Jackson Pollock's monumental work "Mural" on display for the public starting in March. "Mural," which is dated from 1943, is scheduled to be on public view at the Getty Center in Brentwood from March 11 to June 1. The large-scale painting is part of the collection at the University of Iowa Museum of Art but has been in L.A. for the past couple of years so Getty experts could work on studying and cleaning the abstract painting.
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September 17, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
The world's first guns made by a 3-D printer will join the ranks of some of the world's finest art. London's Victoria & Albert museum announced it's buying a pair of pistols, known as Liberators, for an undisclosed price to add to its Design Festival on display through Sept. 22. The museum, which has displayed priceless pearls from the Roman Empire and treasures from Russia's royal courts, purchased the pistols and some related parts from Defense Distributed, a nonprofit digital publisher that created the weapons.
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September 17, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
When does a Jackson Pollock painting look more like a Jackson Pollock painting? Simple: When it's clean. That's the not-altogether surprising thought that came to mind when I dropped by the J. Paul Getty Museum's conservation lab the other day to check out progress on Pollock's monumental 1943 “Mural.” Star of the collection at the University of Iowa Museum of Art , the epic painting had arrived in Los Angeles a year ago for extensive treatment....
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February 20, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
If you like paint, you'll like "Richard Jackson: Ain't Painting a Pain," the artist's 40-year retrospective exhibition at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach. It's awash in the stuff. Thick, brightly colored paint oozes like mortar from between thousands of canvases stacked like bricks into a kind of room-size temple, and it's smeared in rainbows that unfurl across white walls. It's shot from a pellet gun at a big drawing and out of the rear ends of carousel animals toward spinning canvases and sculptures on surrounding walls.
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September 6, 1987 | George J. Leonard, Leonard, a Simon & Schuster author, teaches in the department of interdisciplinary humanities at San Francisco State University. and
Thirty-one years after his violent death, Jackson Pollock tightens his hold on the American imagination. He is becoming our Van Gogh. "Pollock was so involved with his uncontrollable neuroses and demons," his great contemporary Robert Motherwell said, "that I occasionally see him like Brando in 'Streetcar'--except that Brando was much more controlled than Pollock."
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April 17, 2012 | By Chris Barton
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.
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