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An announcement, and some new work

Post #947 • January 29, 2007, 9:04 AM • 16 Comments

Today at 5pm EST, Harvard University will post its technical analysis of three of the thirty-two recently discovered Pollocks. A Harvard press release reports:

As part of their ongoing research, the Art Museums conducted an independent, pro-bono analysis of the three paintings between September 2005 and November 2006. The research conducted was limited to the scientific analysis of materials, specifically paint pigments and binding media (the vehicle in which pigment particles are suspended to make paint).

A PDF will be available at this link at 5.

In the meantime, you know that project that I haven't been able to talk about? Here it is.




January 29, 2007, 11:16 AM

Those "Pollocks" are pretty obviously student projects from some art class one of the Matters conducted, if you ask me. I don't know what scientific analysis is going to prove



January 29, 2007, 11:24 AM

Really charming. Cool design and drawings, more stuff please !


Lux Iconic

January 29, 2007, 11:47 AM

My guess is Harvard used the latest non-destructive spectrographic analysis methods in making their determination.

I love that whether or not a painting is authentic can be revealed via laser measurements of the light refraction of the minerals and other component in the pigments.

Andre Derain was right, when he said: "The substance of painting is light. "



January 29, 2007, 12:56 PM

Nice work Franklin. Very nice.
Love the format.



January 29, 2007, 1:38 PM

Very nice Franklin, and McCloud will surely be proud of your exploitation of the web to make these work. You draw pretty too, and poetry with pictures is good.



January 29, 2007, 1:39 PM

and thanks for the link.



January 29, 2007, 2:49 PM

Thanks, all.

Wwc, when a couple of weeks ago you observed, "All these comics links make me think you're contemplating making some comics yourself," It was all I could do to keep from spilling the beans.



January 29, 2007, 6:44 PM

I knew you were up to something. I'll be looking for a book of some sort at some point.

My next prediction - you're going to stop all this painting and drawing foolishness and make work based on "notions" and "references" that "challenges" the status quo or whatever.



January 29, 2007, 11:14 PM

You're trying to have us associate Pollock with cartoons? (Sorry.)

I really enjoy Cat and Girl, which you introduced us to some time ago. I like HER! [Girl vs Pig], which is new to me. I've had Red Meat bookmarked for a couple of years now. I keep up with wcraghead by way of his blog. The others you've linked to on The Moon Fell on Me don't much interest me. I think I've typed before (but now I know how to hyperlink it) that I also religiously check in on Bob the Angry Flower.

I must say, you're a brave man to test your many experiments in looking on us.



January 30, 2007, 1:25 AM

Pollack the CARtoon is more applicable. Nice site with the interactive arrow journey !

[JM goes on to extend congratulations on a matter I'd rather not see posted here. Thank you! - F.]



January 30, 2007, 8:54 AM

The NYT and the Globe (thanks, Geoff, who has a couple more links as well) sum up the Pollock report findings. Survey says: Nuurnk! Thank you for playing. The Times piece is accompanied by an image of a painting that your cat could have disattributed.



January 30, 2007, 9:22 AM

I think I just found a cache of Michelangelo drawings in my garage. Please alert the media. I'm e-mailing Harvard shortly.



January 30, 2007, 9:39 AM

Perry Bible Fellowship



January 30, 2007, 10:16 AM

One more:

Andrei Molotiu



January 30, 2007, 11:01 AM

Franklin, your cat needs to stop lounging around, get off its rump and get a real job as an art critic. It'd do a better job at it than any number of humans--it certainly couldn't do much worse. Besides, as an artist's cat, it should do some suffering.



January 31, 2007, 3:40 PM

Good work, Franklin. I especially like the staccato rhythm of Somehow Snow.



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