The art critic who started off killing poor, innocent animals

Clement GreenbergCritics! They’re a complicated group, but Clement Greenberg might have been the most…complex.

The influential mid-century art critic who made Jackson Pollock’s career, Greenberg is profiled in Clement Greenberg: A Life. It turns out he was always a bit of a critic.

According to the biography, when he was five he killed a goose with an axe just to see what would happen.

Greenberg’s difficult personality showed up in the fistfights he had as an adult. He was also abusive when he was seeing painter Helen Frankenthaler.

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