Art History in the Iron Man movies

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Saw Iron Man 3 and enjoyed it immensely.  During the credits (relax, no spoilers), I saw Jackson Pollock’s Alchemy in the “Look who let us use their work” section.

How…appropriate.

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Iron Man 2 had other art history references.  Imagine my facial expression when the actors mentioned Barnett Newman and others.

Also, what made the directors, writers (and others) choose Contemporary artists for these films? I have speculations of my own, but I haven’t seen the film in a while for me to solidify them.

Lastly, a quote from the movie’s IMDb trivia page:

“In Stark’s mansion, Alberto Giacometti‘s bronze sculpture entitled “L’Homme qui marche I” can be seen. On February 3rd, 2010, the second edition of the cast of the sculpture became one of the most expensive works of art ever sold at auction to Brazilian philanthropist Lily Safra, who paid US$107.3 million for it.”

An interesting choice.  I know I am possibly not the only who thought this, but did the filmmakers intentionally chose the spindly statue to reflect the subplot of Tony’s delicate state?

ETA: I added a couple links here.

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