“Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?”

This week, in my Visual Literacy class, we watched the documentary “Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?”  It is based around the story of the truck driver, Teri Horton, and what is believed to be a Pollock painting.  Long story short, Teri walked into a thrift shop and saw the painting, pictured above, bought it for $5 and found out that it could potentially be a Jackson Pollock painting.  Teri, having no clue who Pollock was, found out that he’s kind of a big deal in the art world, seeing as her $5 painting could turn into $50 million unbeknownst to her.  Unfortunately she has struggled with the art world on her quest to prove that her painting is a Jackson Pollock.
I found this documentary to be interesting.  This film not only taught me who the #$&% Jackson Pollock was, but it also gave me some insight on the art world.   I feel that Teri has devoted so much of her time to this piece of art, but no matter how hard she’s tried, she just can’t catch a break.  She has supporters and matching finger prints linked to her painting, but even that is not enough to prove authenticity.  It showed me how strange and “stuck in their ways” the art world can be.  Even though Teri can be stubborn and her efforst seem pointless, you have to give her some respect for her courage and persistence to carry on and take on the art world, even though they continue to find reasons why her “Pollock” painting cannot be accepted into their fine world of art.  Overall, after watching this documentary and seeing what kind of person Pollock was and all of the evidence linked to this painting, I would have no problem believing that it is a Pollock original.  So, keep on truckin’ Teri!

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