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Forum at Southampton Arts Center to Chronicle Pollock Authentication

This Thursday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m. the Southampton Arts Center will host a forum on the authentication of the long-disputed Jackson Pollock painting, “Red, Black & Silver.”

The painting—the last produced by Pollock before his death in a drunken car crash in 1956—was authenticated in November 2013.

The speculation caused by the painting has subsequently led to a revolution in art authentication.

The painting is currently owned by the estate of Ruth Kligman, Pollock’s mistress at the time of his death. The estate enlisted the help of numerous art and forensics experts in an effort the prove the authenticity of “Red, Black & Silver,” including the acquisition of a materials analysis from the Philips Auction House and a forensic fiber analysis from New York City Detective Nick Petraco.

The estate has since worked with curator and art forgery expert Colette Loll to investigate the story of “Red, Black and Silver”’s 20-year journey to authentication.

The event will chronicle the research that has been done on Pollock’s painting while simultaneously exploring the evolution of art authentication.

Speakers at the forum will include Colette Loll, founder and director of Art Fraud Insights; Nick Petraco, former detective and criminalist for the New York City Police Department; David L. Hall, retired assistant United States aAttorney and a current partner of Wiggin and Dana; and Dr. Nick Petraco Jr., an associate professor at John Jay College and the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

The discussion will be moderated by Jennifer Gould Keil.

The Authentication in Art panel will take place on Thursday, July 24, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Southampton Arts Center, located at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton. For more information, call 631-283-0967 or RSVP to

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