Real or Fake? Jackson Pollack

No: Some experts in the art world doubt the pictures' style and question their unusually small size

It’s always intrigung to me when art aficianados and scientists try to validate the authenticity of a piece of artwork. While there are several clues to look for- brush stroke, color variations, paint brands, genres- how can one ever really know for certain what is real and what is copied unless the artist is alive to prove it?

At a recent trip to the Van Gogh Museum in Holland, I witnessed an entire section devoted to the scientific study of Van Gogh’s work, where lab tests and microscopic photographs set out to prove the authenticity of the works in question. I personally think that this kind of study becomes a little absurd. But then again, with some of these paintings, such as the recent sale of a 10 million dollar Pollack by David Geffen–authenticity is crucial.

Next month the McMullen Museum at Boston College with feature a collection of ten miniature drip-painting studies by Jackson Pollock called Pollock Matters. The paintings, discovered wrapped in a towel in a storage room of a moving company in 2005, have come under scrutiny by art critics and collectors, and has not received full support by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the official authenticators of the works of Pollock and his wife Lee Krasner.

Read the entire story in Newsweek.



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  1. i can understand the need for careful scrutiny. after all, works by major artists can sell for millions – the money spent on authentication is probably viewed as necessary by many collectors, gallerists, and curators.

    and if i may venture my own very, ridiculously amateur opinion of the work pictured above…it doesn’t seem to have the control of pollock piece, although i certainly am not the authority on that.

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