Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? Reviews
She buys the painting for five dollars (a price she haggled down from eight dollars,)at a local thrift store. The painting is for a friend that has been feeling down. If you were to only know this about Teri then you'd know enough. She is strong, blunt and kind-hearted.
That is exactly what director Harry Moses does, he captures her spirit as she becomes the center of a film about the art world. Teri is painted as a heroine, albeit a foul-mouthed, dumpster diving heroine. The art world (museum directors, art gallery owners, art lawyers,) become the shadow that looms, eager to crush those who would dare enter their realm.
Is Teri up to the challenge of facing off against such well-funded viciousness? Her journey, which unravels over a decade, is a fascinating one.
Will the painting be proven to be an original Jackson Pollack? Teri's quest to determine this reveals much about the art world and much more about the strength of a woman. A woman who refuses to be brushed aside, a woman who has worked hard for everything has with great pride.
What is art? Who is it for? Who determines its worth? These and many other questions are asked of us as we watch this quirky, intelligent, affectionate film.
I feel for Teri Horton. Great underdog story. The museum guy better not look up in a rain storm. I think he might have played up the "expert" thing just to rub her nose in it. Teri wants it to be a Pollock. I want it to be a Pollock. But if it's not a Pollock, all the grit and determination in the world won't make it a Pollock. My advice, take the 9 million, buy everybody a few rounds, and have a good laugh.
This documentary is as such, a woman buys a painting at bargain only to learn that it may possibly worth tens of millions of dollars sue to the fact that it may be an original piece by who else but Jackson Pollock. The film follows the Teri Horton's tale, not so much about how it came into here possession, but who she was treated by members of the "art community" while attempting to get it authenticated. The film is definitely taking sides and demonizes the "art community," which is the downfall of the feature. Interviewing a few pretentious assholes and having them represent a whole group of people is not documenting anything. I'm a person who likes my documentaries to inform rather than point fingers (See "Bigger, Stronger, Faster"), but there are exceptions to the rule (see "The King of Kong").
Anyhow, the film is entertaining enough for a recommendation, but I'm certainly satisfied after a single viewing. The story is peculiar and interesting, but it fails to reach any depth or emotion with anyone involved. If you don't enjoy the tale documented, at least you have an hours worth of great artwork to look at...
Dumpster diving, yard-sale a buyin', thrift-store a robbing you blind sucka. Grannie got the goods and she ain't a sellin.