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November 19, 2006

Who The Fuck Is Jackson Pollack?

Who_the_bleep_is_jackson_pollock The purchase of a large splatter painting for five dollars at a thrift store in San Bernardino, California changed Teri Horton’s life when she learned that Jackson Pollack might have painted it. Writer/director Harry Moses follows Teri, a colorful 73-year-old former truck driver, through a tricky gauntlet of art professionals in her tireless 15-year effort at proving the origin of a very special painting without the benefit of a provenance. Dismissed by specialists from the art world, Horton hired forensics art authenticator Peter Paul Biro, who discovered a fingerprint on the back of her painting that perfectly matched one on a can of paint in Jackson Pollack’s conserved studio. The movie is an enjoyable look into the hypocrisy and prejudices of the art world as experienced by a down-to-earth woman with a heart of gold and a sense of principle to match.

Rated PG-13. 74 mins. (B) (Three Stars)

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