Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Jackson Pollock’s mistress Ruth Kligman spent decades fighting for recognition of the Pollock painting, Red, Black & Silver, and now, years after her death in 2010, her claims may finally have some credence.
Kligman claimed Pollock painted this piece for her shortly before his death in 1956. Even after pigment testing, fractal analysis, and lie detector tests, the official Pollock-Krasner Authentication Board and the executor of Pollock’s estate never authenticated the piece. That may be because the executor was Lee Krasner, Pollock’s widow.
To prove its authenticity, Kligman’s estate hired a forensics expert who has reportedly found hair from Pollock’s polar bear rug in the painting as well as Pollock’s own hair and sand from near his home.
See Nick Allen, Mistress Proved Right in War of Words over Jackson Pollock’s Last Painting, The Telegraph, Nov. 8, 2013.
Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.