Medicine And The Media

The waning of expression

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 25 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:811
  1. Sean Spence

    Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko spared themselves the fate of Willem de Kooning. Pollock crashed his car on a deserted country road; Rothko bled himself to death in front of his last canvas. The New York “school” of abstract expressionism flourished in the middle of this century and was renowned for alcoholism and affective disturbance. De Kooning survived all this; now he apparently has Alzheimer's disease, playing out his last years painting wavy lines on what will become expensive artefacts.

    In many ways his predicament is that of the 20th century …

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