Fractal Pollock

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Mar 29, 2012 23:39
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jackson Pollock. The exhibition entitled "Jackson Pollock: A Centennial Retrospective" is held at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo now.

http://pollock100.com/

I'd like to go to the exhibition while the cherry blossoms at Imperial Palace are in full bloom. The cherry blossoms are late in blooming this year because of the low temperatures in February. Will the cherry blossoms be in full bloom in a week? I'm not sure.

Today I watched a NHK TV program titled 飛び散る線の謎~ポロックの“自然”. In this program, University of Oregon physicist Richard Taylor said that Pollock's paintings are characterized as fractal. Moreover he said that the characteristics are so unique that they can be used as an authentication tool. Actually he found fake paintings.

I'd like to read his original paper but unfortunately it was behind the paywall.

Order in Pollock's Chaos
http://www.sciamdigital.com/index.cfm?fa=Products.ViewIssuePreview&ARTICLEID_CHAR=375021AF-5B09-42AE-9DF5-B1D37E8422A

I agree with that Pollock's paintings have fractal characteristics. They are like trees with full of leaves which also considered to be fractal. However I'm wondering whether they can be used as an authentication tool. Is it true that they are so unique?

I didn't notices but It seems that there were some arguments five or six years ago.

Jackson Pollock - Fractals - Report - New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/02/books/02frac.html
Pollock or Not? Can Fractals Spot a Fake Masterpiece?: Scientific American http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-fractals-spot-genuine

I found the following slides by physicists Katherine Jones–Smith of Washington University and Harsh Mathur of CWRU who are skeptical about Taylor's arguments. Regardless of your position, for or against Taylor, you must take a look at the slides because they are very beautiful.

http://physics.wustl.edu/alford/physoc/KJS_Pollock_fractal_talk.pdf