Your Willem de Kooning character must protect the Jackson Pollock painting at the bottom from the incoming Philip Guston heads, which are shooting Barnett Newman "zip paintings" at you. As the zips hit your Mark Rothko base, they will create craters, opening exposure to further attack the Pollock. Use your arrow keys to move around, and click to shoot at the Guston heads - you may also shoot down the zips to blow them up before they make contact. Each successful shot scores a point, and the game is over when you get hit or if they clear a crater down to the Pollock and hit that. Scroll down below the game to learn more about the paintings and artists in this game.
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Below are the artists and specific paintings which are included in this game. Clockwise from top left: Willem de Kooning, Woman I, 1950-52 (Museum of Modern Art, New York); Barnett Newman, Onement 1, 1948 (Museum of Modern Art, New York); Philip Guston, Head and Bottle, 1975 (private collection); Jackson Pollock, One: Number 31, 1950 (Museum of Modern Art, New York); Mark Rothko, No. 13 (White, Red, on Yellow), 1958 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).