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Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” Gets a Getty Face Lift.

Considered by many art critics as the seminal painting in the history of Abstract Expressionism, Jackson Pollack’s “Mural” will travel from its home at the University of Iowa to the Getty Museum where it will be cleaned and restored. It will then put on exhibit at the Getty for four months. “Mural” was commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim in 1943. The canvas is 8’ by 19’ feet and was completed in a frenzied 24 hour period of time on New Years day 1944, as depicted in the biopic film with Ed Harris, “Pollack.” The painting represents the moment when Pollack went from a more shape oriented painting to pure abstraction. His most famous paintings came after Mural was finished. There is no set date when the painting will be restored and then exhibited so check the Getty site for when it will be shown. Otherwise you have to travel to the University of Iowa to see it.

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