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She recalls working as a reporter for The New York Times in the late 1980s, and being sent to Springs when the paint-stained wooden floor was found under Masonite floorboards that Pollock installed in 1952.
"All of a sudden the conservators start to make little noises, ooh ah, oh," Harrison said. "So we get down on our hands and knees and we start looking, and the colors keep coming and pretty soon we were all doing it. The joke was Jackson must have put it down when he was drunk, because the sticky side was up." Actually a handyman did the work, she later discovered.
"You think, it’s just a paint-covered floor. It’s just kind of a mess, really, but it’s a fascinating mess because it’s got all of the colors, all of the gestures and all of the energy that’s in his poured paintings and there it is right there on the floor."
It’s impossible to put a price on its value, she said. "It’s a document; it’s not a work of art because it’s an accumulation over time. This covers a seven-year period of his work, the most productive and innovative period."
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