Film tracks scrutiny over “pint-size Pollock”

A new documentary, My Kid Could Paint That, tracks the rise and fall of Marla Olmstead, a child who had her first gallery show at age 4 and whose work is surrounded by suspicion of its origins.

The girl’s work raises all sorts of questions about abstract art, and her father’s been accused of coaching her and even finishing or altering her paintings. Is she a prodigy or a hoax? I’m hoping the film opens near me soon.

Want to know more? A Slate article explores the whole story. Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum also weighs in. L.A. Weekly‘s article about Marla includes some pictures of her work.

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