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interesting gum pigment factoid

If anyone is not following the Matter Pollock debate (some old paintings were found and thought to be Pollock's; some high up schmucky mucks agreed they were but through scientific evidence this is now in question even though the paintings appear to have been corrected in a certain way only known by Pollock himself, etc.etc.) it is interesting to mention that a pigment is responsible for questioning the authenticity of the works. PR 254, that you can buy as Daniel Smith Pyrrole Red or W and N Winsor Red is contained in a bunch of the paintings and that pigment was not discovered until 1974. Article appears in Feb 2008 ARTnews.

The interesting thing for gummists is the pigment is none other than Ferrari Red, used by Ferrari because it didnt "fade or chalk". It is a gorgeous red, btw, if you want to soup up your gums with something more brilliant and orangey instead of the magenta usually used in tricolor. So if you want to make a gum print of a Ferrari, you now know the pigment!

All the more reason to label your gum prints with pigment numbers!

Christina Z. Anderson
Assistant Professor
Photo Option Coordinator
Montana State University