It's Jackson's Pollock's birthday. Boy, I'm going to catch hell for this, but I'll just say it:
I hate Jackson Pollock. Well, not the man himself (although he did sound like a mean, nasty drunk), but his work.
I know, I know, I know.....so important, so controversial, so fresh, say the critics.
So UGLY, say I. I've tried and tried to understand his work. I think I can safely say that "I get it" but "I don't like it".
I think the whole shift toward modern art and abstract expressionism really loosened people up, which was great. However, it left generations of artists to come to think that they didn't really need to learn to paint. Technique and talent flew out the window with the popular swing toward abstraction and non-representational art. From that point on, you had to learn to bulls*#& about your work instead of really learning to paint.
So there. That's what I think about that.