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June 12, 2004

I get my arts news from variety show hacks

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


As soon as I got to the word "sphincter," I knew it was a mistake to add you to my blogroll. Bye.


Posted by: Jerome du Bois on June 13, 2004 at 12:33 AM

Memo to self: "horseshit" acceptable, "sphincter" not.

Thanks for stopping by, Jerome. Note that a link to you remains on this site. Happy aniversary (belated) and do come again.


Posted by: Dan on June 13, 2004 at 06:05 PM


Dan,.... Thank you for the 6/12/04... 3:19am posting of my story....I loved the humor & it was accurate. Glad to see I'm not the only one jacking around at 3:00 in the morning.
Ditto: on the memo to self "horseshit & sphincter"
[wish I knew what sphincter meant]

Best to you & yours,

Posted by: Teri Horton on October 14, 2004 at 06:43 PM

mom this tony i'm back in ione i heard joe's in nashville for the second time. well our family here is concerned would like you to contact me at this email address. so we would to know if everything is alright. it has been a month since we have heard anything. all of us are waiting for the white lemo. now i'm here to make my mark. CDF is knocking at my backdoor. about time something happens for one of us boy's. sorry i was'nt here when you dave and denise had a good time. iwas in arizona figthing fires now i'm home. i love our family everybody comes home. please this is for real it's tony contact me as soon as possible with names and numbers if possible. 209-274-0679 or 209-304-7990 email me at this adress kenyonione@aol.com

Posted by: tony drehobl on February 28, 2006 at 03:12 AM

Referenced in this post:

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