Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?

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Released 2006

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Director:
Harry Moses
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? is a 2006 documentary from director Harry Moses that tells the story of Teri Horton, a 73-year-old woman who used to be a professional truck driver, currently lives in a trailer park, and just might be in possession of a painting worth a fortune. Jackson Pollock is a revered American artist who played an important role in the abstract expressionist movement of the early 20th century. He's most well known for creating large canvas paintings featuring chaotic splatters of brightly-colored paint. One day, Teri Horton purchased a painting created with this technique from a thrift store for five dollars, intending to give it to a friend who had been feeling depressed recently. When the painting proved too big to fit into a trailer, Horton put it out in a yard sale, where an art teacher commented that it could actually be a valuable piece of art. From then on, Teri strong-armed her way into the elitist art world on a mission to prove the painting's authenticity and sell it at a high price. Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? is a critically-acclaimed documentary that tells a David-and-Goliath story of one impassioned woman looking to turn her five-dollar investment into a fifty-million-dollar return.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 91

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Horton's attempt to authenticate the painting in the face of a hostile art establishment becomes a study in forensics, taste, money, and class warfare.

  • 75

    New York Daily News Elizabeth Weitzman

    Though the film does have the modest, human-interest feel of a "60 Minutes" segment, it grows stronger as it goes along.

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    As this smart, hard-bitten woman with an eighth-grade education pursues her quest, the documentary portrays the debate between connoisseurship and science as a culture war.

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    Arts, Documentary

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    Painting, Culture