Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Guess what . . .

This isn't a genuine Jackson Pollock! Harvard actually had to analyze the pigments (some of which, it turned out, hadn't been developed until the seventies - or even the nineties) to come to that conclusion. Funny, it seems obvious once you compare it to a real - or at any rate a good - Pollock (below, "Lavender Mist:No. 1"). You can read all about the Harvard analysis here; the backers of the painting's authenticity reply here, as well as announce that this and a cache of other fakes (okay, "maybes") will be shown at Boston College's McMullen Museum of Art this fall. Then try your own hand at fooling the McMullen here.

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