June 12, 2004
Coverage of Ronnie's funeral Friday left this broadcast TV slummer with little by way of choice for viewing over my late-morning bowl of Cocoa Puffs. Driven into the dregs by whatever horseshit was issuing from Margaret Thatcher's sphincter of a mouth, the options appeared to be limited to Telefutura's gossip show La Oreja, a Benny Hinn infomercial and the Wayne Brady Show.
As I frankly can't understand the hubbub over Gloria Trevi (as I don't understand Spanish) and I'm not really in the market for a messiah, I braved the Brother Brady badlands (how's that for alliteration?), tuning in just in time to see Wayne's interview with Teri Horton, a truck driver who purchased a painting from a thrift shop a decade ago that has now been authenticated (though not without controversy) as a Jackson Pollock. Linkage: the story from AskART; also at the Age [via AJ], the Observer, and Anderson Cooper.
Horton found the 4 x 5 canvas in a southern California thrift shop and thought she'd buy it for a friend who was down in the dumps, noting that it'd make for a good joke because "she doesn't like abstract." Haggling down to $5 from an outrageous asking price of $8, she threw it in the back of her truck and hauled off to deliver it.
Apparently adding to the humor, the friend's trailer naturally hadn't a door big enough to fit the canvas through, let alone a wall to hang it on. (Obviously Ms Horton was not aware that she could just trim it to fit.) So after a good laugh they determined to lean it against the trailer and call up some people to throw darts at it. Fortunately they "drank some beer and forgot," and the painting was thrown into storage to await discovery by a friend's daughter's art historian boyfriend. Millions of dollars are to be had.
"I get my arts news from variety show hacks"
Posted by Dan at 03:19 AM
ArtsJournal Visual Arts: Daily Arts News
AskART: A Jackson Pollock? The story behind Teri's find.
Benny Hinn Ministries
CNN: Anderson Cooper Interview With Teri Horton
Observer: Trucker's arty joke could fetch $20m—Chris Reed
Rodcorp: Pollock and Duchamp
Salon: The rise and fall of Mexico's Madonna
Telefutura: La Oreja
The Age: Painting may sell for $20m - or $5&mdashChristopher Reed
Times of India: Pop diva Trevi returns to Mexico to face charges
Washington Post: Jailed 'Madonna' With Child
Wayne Brady Show