Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock? Teri Horton (pictured), a 73-year-old retired truck driver, paid $5 at a thrift shop for an "ugly" spattered canvas that may be a Jackson Pollock.… Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock? Teri Horton (pictured), a 73-year-old retired truck driver, paid $5 at a thrift shop for an "ugly" spattered canvas that may be a Jackson Pollock.… 2006-11-15 PG-13 PT74M Documentary Picturehouse
Movie Review

Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock? (2006)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Nov 15, 2006; Rated: PG-13; Length: 74 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Picturehouse

Teri Horton (pictured), a 73-year-old retired truck driver, paid $5 at a thrift shop for an ''ugly'' spattered canvas that may be a Jackson Pollock. Is it? That's the mystery of this beguiling documentary detective story, Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock? Horton's attempt to authenticate the painting in the face of a hostile art establishment becomes a study in forensics, taste, money, and class warfare. A fingerprint is found on the back of the painting, but does that mean it's authentic? My theory: Yes, it's a Pollock — but it's a bad Pollock, which is why art-world snobbery became aesthetic myopia.

Originally posted Nov 15, 2006 Published in issue #908 Nov 24, 2006 Order article reprints
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