Marla Olmstead is a 4-year old from Binghamton, NY whose paintings are selling [or, at least, they're for sale] for $6,000 in a gallery in town. Her painting career began a couple of years ago, when her father gave her a brush to keep her occupied.
While the New York Times would never deign to report directly about such a local news filler-type story, they're not above reporting around it. Their take: showing paintings from pre-school students at Riverside Church's Weekday School to the director of the Children's Museum of Manhattan.
The article has interesting discussion about what's behind kids' approach to abstract painting, but the real money quote is from little Isabelle Harris, who proudly announces, "'I made a Jackson Pollock.'
"A Jackson Pollock?
"'It's the one that was at the Metropolitan Museum,' she said."
Impressed? Turns out the Pollock in question is featured in Olivia, that book about that pig, by Ian Falconer. It may be precocious enough for the Times, but I'm sure kindergarten interviewers are trained to weed out kids who only know Pollock. Study up, Isabelle.
[correction: the Times IS shameless enough to do a story like this.]