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Game of Interpretation: Denver Art Museum's Audacious Interpretive Beads

Perhaps you’re familiar with Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings, the ones that art critic Craig Brown (a contemporary of Pollock) called “decorative ‘wallpaper.’” My own reaction to one of Pollock’s abstract works, on a first viewing, was disgust – couldn’t a five-year-old do an accurate impression? What made a splattered canvas so noteworthy that a curator hung it on a stark museum wall for millions of people to view on class field trips or high-brow vacations? Why did one of these paintings sell at auction ten years ago for $140 million, setting records at the time for the most expensive painting in the world? (Not to mention the scandals that revealed that even a fake Pollock painting can sell for 3.1 million dollars.)

Game of Interpretation: Denver Art Museum's Audacious Interpretive Beads