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Jackson Pollock

Ann Freedman Bought Her Own Fake Jackson “Pollok”

by Henry Kaye on June 12, 2014
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On Thursday, in an entertaining twist, newly released documents in an ongoing civil case showed that a $280,000 Pollock purchased from the same source as the other counterfeit by Ann Freedman herself was a fraud. What’s the proof? The painting was signed “Jackson Pollok.” Thats P-o-l-l-o-k.

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The $50 Million Question

by Paddy Johnson and Matthew Leifheit on December 10, 2013
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The documentary Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock? takes on the case of an accidental art collector versus the art-world elite.

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Old Men, Little Girls, and Bad Paintings

by Corinna Kirsch on January 31, 2012
  • The internet might be run on cats, but this sea otter rap proves that all mammals are proper fodder for a meme. []
  • Guards at London’s National Gallery went on strike this past weekend to protest staff cuts, and they’re planning even more walk outs in the days to come. [The Guardian]
  • In preparation for the Guggenheim’s upcoming exhibition by teen prodigy Francesca Woodman, Cabinet‘s profile on another child genius, the poet Minou Drouet, provides some good background into the life and times of precocious youths. It’s filled with absurd stories – like how the French government locked “this little kitten” in a room to determine whether she wrote her own poems. [Cabinet]
  • This weekend, Tyler Green commented on NPR’s “oh-so-impressive art coverage” [MAN], an atrocious piece of journalism that asks that old and tired question, “Is Jackson Pollock really an artist?” Groan. [NPR]
  • Author Jonathan Franzen, that overly satirical writer about the failures of masculinity and the American dream, rants against ebooks, but ends up sounding like a whiny luddite who doesn’t understand kids nowadays with their new-fangled technology. [The Telegraph]
  • House arrest won’t prevent Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from hosting his own TV show. [New York Magazine]
  • So far, six people have completed the Gagosian Spot Challenge. And all they got was a lousy t-shirt. [other criteria]
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Art Basel Special: Keith Haring on The Art Market

by Christopher Schreck on November 29, 2011
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More from the Keith Haring Journals. Just for starters, “I can't believe that some people are so shallow as to worry about whether one person, like Saatchi, collects me or not,” says Haring. “How can one person be an important determiner of what is good or not? In fact, if someone is trying to use their power or collecting to impose their taste and standardize the taste of the entire culture, then I think they are the most suspicious suspects of all.”

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Lists About Art Taste Like Gummy Bears and Cure the Blues

by Reid Singer on November 4, 2011
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The only offensive thing about Halle’s list is that it might give people the impression that they’ve actually learned something. I really hope commenters were being ironic when they applauded the “art history” lesson available from the slideshow captions; apparently some people can’t imagine how real art history might differ from a brief paragraph with some fun facts. This list is too brief, too arbitrary, and too thin to gather anyone’s attention for more than a few minutes. It is a tremendous success.

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New, Improved Robot Slaves: Now with Artmaking Ability

by Paddy Johnson on July 20, 2011

New, Improved Robot Slaves: Now with Artmaking Ability – Turns out Jackson Pollock might have been a vacuum.

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Making The Mark of A Masterpiece

by Paddy Johnson on May 18, 2011
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The New Yorker’s Mark of a Masterpiece tells me its time to re-evaluate a couple opinions I expressed about that so-called Jackson Pollock I wrote about back in 2006. Thanks to a documentary called Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?, I wasted a fair bit of ink on why I thought the International Foundation for Art Research should take another look at a garish painting that didn’t look much like a Pollock. Forensic scientist Peter Paul Biro had produced fingerprinting identification and matched paint samples though, and that evidence seemed rather compelling. So I pushed aside a few pesky details, namely that it followed the basic rule of forgery: The less plausible the fake, the more involved the narrative and documentation becomes. This one reached absurd levels, with truck driver Teri Horton’s big thrift store find and Peter Paul Biro’s research even spinning its own documentary.

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