Who the Fuck is Jackson Pollock?

Who the Fuck is Jackson Pollock? (usually displayed as Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? due to the profanity in the title) is a documentary following a woman named Teri Horton, who purchased a painting from a thrift store for $5, later to find out that it may be a Jackson Pollock painting.

According to an interview from the film, Horton purchased the painting as a gag gift for a friend. When the dinner-table-sized painting proved too large to fit into her trailer, Horton set it out among other items at a yard sale, where a local art teacher spotted it and suggested that the work could have been painted by Pollock due to the similarity to his action painting technique. The film depicts Teri’s attempts to authenticate and sell the painting as an original work by Pollock. The authenticity is difficult to prove because the painting was purchased at a thrift store, is unsigned, and without provenance, the documentation of a painting’s history.

Some art connoisseurs, including Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, believe the painting to be inauthentic, while others, such as Nick Carone, an artist and friend of Pollock’s, is uncertain. Teri hires Peter Paul Biro, a forensic specialist, who claims to have matched a partial fingerprint on the canvas to a fingerprint on a can of paint in Pollock’s studio and to fingerprints on two authenticated Pollock canvases. She also involves Tod Volpe, an art dealer previously convicted of defrauding his clients, who invests in the painting as a means of recuperating his reputation and financial solvency.

Both Volpe and Biro are involved together in a business venture to manage and sell works of art with ambiguous or questionable authenticity. Volpe and Biro are listed as consultants in the film’s credits. Volpe approached producer Steven Hewitt, who, along with Executive Producer Don Hewitt (creator of 60 minutes), had formed the Hewitt Group in order to produce documentaries. Harry Moses, an Emmy, Peabody, and Director’s Guild of America award-winner, and a recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, is the film’s other producer, as well as its director and writer.

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