Death as Art/The Car Crash as Statement
when might a car crash be more than just a car crash? When at least one of the victims is (a) famous, (b) in some sense “important,” or (c) when his or her life or work has something tragic pervading it. Jackson Pollock, American painter and one of the founding fathers of Abstract Expressionism, satisfied all three of these conditions. So was the car crash in which he died while speeding along an East Hampton road on the evening of August 11, 1956, more than just a car crash? What else could it have been? A message? A suicide? A work of art in its own right? And to what extent was this “something else” a product of Pollock’s own interests, concerns, desires, or, alternatively, those of his family, friends, colleagues, the news media, art historians, or the public at large? It is with this difficult complex of questions that the present chapter is concerned.
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