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Never mind the Pollock 'fractals'

Scientists strengthen claim that fractal analysis for authenticating a Pollock painting is moot

PITTSBURGH — A proposed method for authenticating artist Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings does not hold up under scrutiny, a new analysis finds.

What’s more, the analysis uncovered a new way to identify a mathematical fractal, Katherine Jones-Smith of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland reported March 19 at a meeting of the American Physical Society.

A cache of 32 paintings discovered in 2003 — claimed by some to be authentic Pollocks — sparked a controversy among art historians and soon brought physicists into the quagmire in an effort to identify the paintings’ origins.

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