The 32 Jackson Pollock paintings that were found in a storage unit have been labeled possible fakes or imitations of the artist recently. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation got Professor Richard Taylor of the Department of Physics at the University of Oregon to examine 6 of the works using “fractal analysis” to determine whether or not the found paintings are by the hand of Pollock.
Don’t know what “Fractal Analysis” is? Me either, but here’s some more from Richard Taylor about the process.. “Over the course of our research, my group has developed a computer pattern analysis technique.. Dimensional Interplay Analysis.. that detects artists’ characteristic patterns in their paintings. All of Jackson Pollock’s poured paintings analyzed by my research group are composed of a highly specific and identifiable form of fractal patterning. When paintings attributed to Pollock are analyzed, the computer looks for the specific fractal signature that we have found in Pollock’s poured paintings.”
And he came to the conclusion that “Our analysis has revealed significant differences between the patterns of the six paintings submitted by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and our database of the fractal nature of Pollock’s paintings that we have analyzed.”
Which means that Pollock Krasner Foundation is reserving its judgment for a later date, while it investigates the works more. Although they do say that the research by Richard Taylor is a “valuable contribution to our investigation”. There’s more information about the study on the Pollock Krasner Foundation website.
It seems that the owners did not approve of the research done by Taylor though. Over here the owners or representatives (I couldn’t be sure) say that the Foundation acted “in direct violation of standard professional ethics” and went on to try and discredit the research done on the 6 paintings.
“Fractal Analysis is still a very new and contested field in art authentication and is but a small part of a much broader range of technical investigations. Other methods, time tested and universally accepted, are being applied to these paintings and any negative statement that would seem to be conclusive is premature. Moreover, to the naked eye of experts, it is immediately evident that some of these experimental works do not look like standard Pollocks. We are not surprised to hear that a number of them show no fractal dimension, for indeed we anticipated such a conclusion ourselves. What makes these paintings so compelling is their ‘experimental’ quality.” Pollock Exhibit