Pollock – Starring Ed Harris

Hello readers! I must apologize for being MIA lately  — I am reading a really long book, have moved, and have had a busy work season so I have certainly had less time to read. I will let you in on what I am reading…I am tackling another Tom Wolfe book, Bonfire of the Vanities. It is truly fabulous and I am a little over halfway at this point, cringing with each page because I can sense the plot before me and it just makes me squirm. And that is good writing! But who would expect anything less from Wolfe…

So I have still been watching movies here and there. Most recently, I watched the biopic called Pollock, starring Ed Harris. I was lucky enough to see a Pollock painting in person in May when visiting a dear friend in Houston and I only wish I had seen the film before or done my research so I would have appreciated it more. I have found that the older I get, the more I have grown to appreciate and become enamored by pieces of art. The walls on my home are bare because I refuse to fill them with anything but art that I have hand-selected, ideal original pieces, and even more ideally — supporting local artists.

That being said, I acknowledge I will have to compromise because I do still work for a nonprofit and all…

Anyway, the film was fabulous. Ed Harris is a wonderful actor, and I had most recently watched him play John Glenn in an adapted Tom Wolfe book (ironically), The Right Stuff. If you know nothing about Pollock and even if you are critical of him, suggesting that he just “threw paint on canvas,” this movie is for you. It will open your eyes to what art is, and how it is created. And it opened my oft-feminist notions to the brilliance of Jackson Pollock’s wife, Lee Krasner — a FABULOUS painter I had never heard of whatsoever. Given, I have taken little to no art history courses and am new to the world of art critique…

All of that being said, this was a really wonderful movie. It sat in my Netflix queue for months, and on my coffee table for weeks, but when I finally watched it I was moved and inspired. I was even inspired to get creating things on my own — what a wonder it is to create, if even something as simple as an elegant meal, a letter to a friend, a stronger body through commitment to exercise. Anyway, I think that is what art is all about and what I got out of this film.

I will say, Pollock was certainly a troubled soul and his troubles eventually cost him his life at a younger age than the world hoped — who knows what he would have been able to achieve if he had conquered his alcoholism.

So, go watch this film! It is highly recommended!


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