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Driven to Abstraction 2019


Distributed by Grasshopper Film, 12 East 32nd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016
Produced by Daria Price
Directed by Daria Price
Streaming, 84 mins

High School - General Adult
Art; Documentaries

Date Entered: 10/06/2020

Reviewed by Barb Kundanis, Longmont Public Library, Longmont, CO

Daria Price (Out on a Limb) examines the art world through the modern art fraud that was perpetrated onto the renowned Knoedler Gallery in New York. Seeking to find the provenance (ownership record) of a certain Jackson Pollock painting (and others), the authenticity is questioned. This results in a court case. Told primarily via interviews, photographs and court drawings, experts weigh in as to how such a hoax could take place. Lawyers and journalists discuss the details of the forgery scandal. The film covers how experts are trusted and are not usually challenged. The documentary is recommended art students and those invested in the art market. Exit Through the Gift Shop is another film that is of interest on this topic. This is a rare look inside the gallery world of modern art that promotes understanding of how the business side works.