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Jackson Pollock Authentication Analysis with Kate Jones-Smith
Released Friday, 29th August 2014
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Our guest this week is
Hamilton physics professor Kate Jones-Smith
who joins us to discuss the evidence for the claim that drip paintings of Jackson Pollock contain fractal patterns. This hypothesis originates in a paper by Taylor, Micolich, and Jonas titled
Fractal analysis of Pollock's drip paintings
which appeared in Nature.
Kate and co-author
wrote a paper titled
Revisiting Pollock's Drip Paintings
which also appeared in Nature. A full text PDF can be found
, but lacks the helpful figures which can be found
, although two images are blurred behind a paywall.
Their paper was covered in the
New York Times
as well as in USA Today (albeit with with a much more delightful headline:
Never mind the Pollock's
While discussing the intersection of science and art, the conversation also touched briefly on a few other intersting topics. For example,
Penrose Tiles appearing in islamic art
(pre-dating Roger Penrose's investigation of the interesting properties of these tiling processes),
Quasicrystal designs in art
Automated brushstroke analysis of the works of Vin…
, and attempts to
authenticate a possible work of Leonardo Da Vinci
of uncertain provenance. Last but not least, the conversation touches on the particularly compelling
which is also covered in David Hockney's book
For those interested in reading some of Kate's other publications, many
Katherine Jones-Smith articles
can be found at the given link, all of which have downloadable PDFs.
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