Drip! Splash! Pow!


The title of the new Salvador Dalí Museum exhibit, Pollock to Pop: America's Brush with Dali, is intriguing. It's easy enough to see a link between Dalí and Pop Art — the mustachioed one was way ahead of his time in appropriating Hollywood and Madison Avenue. But Jackson Pollock? Manic master of drips and splashes? Turns out he, like fellow American painters Rothko and de Kooning, shared the Surrealists' interest in tapping into the subconscious; it's just that they chose to exorcise those demons, not through symbolic representation, but through the act of painting itself. Or at least, that's one theory you can investigate in this potentially fascinating show, which also features works by Roy Lichtenstein, Chuck Close and other American art stars. Dec. 9-April 23, Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S., St. Petersburg, $14 adults/$12 seniors/$9 students/$3.50 ages 5 to 9, 727-823-3767, www.salvadordalimuseum.org.

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