Blouin Art Info, November 9, 2015
Going Rogue: Authenticating Warhol After the Board’s Disbanding
Richard Polsky met Andy Warhol only once. It was 1986 when he bought a small “Dollar Sign” painting to include in a show of the artist in his gallery, Acme Art, in San Francisco. Just two days before the show’s February 24, 1987 opening, Polsky came home to an answering machine blinking with 10 or so messages, all with the same news. The artist wouldn’t make it to the opening: Warhol had died.
Art News, October 28, 2015
‘YOU DEVELOP A SIXTH SENSE’: RICHARD POLSKY ON HIS NEW WARHOL AUTHENTICATION SERVICE
In 2011, when the Warhol Foundation decided to shutter its Art Authentication Board, the reigning authority on Warhol authenticity, to focus on its grant-making activities, it said the move was in part motivated by a desire to avoid lawsuits from collectors who disagreed with its judgments. Subsequently, authentication boards for Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Robert Motherwell, Roy Lichtenstein, and Alexander Calder have followed suit.
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ArtTactic Podcast, October 30, 2015
In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Richard Polsky, returns to the podcast to talk with us about his new venture, Polsky’s Andy Warhol Art Authentication Service. First, Richard talks about the role the Warhol authentication committee played in the art world and the value it brought to collectors and the art market when it was in existence. Then, he speculates why no entities thus far have attempted to authenticate Warhol works and why he believes with his credentials and experiences with Warhol he’s the right person to establish a Warhol authentication business. Lastly, Richard shares his strategy as to how he can grow his business so his authenticity service is recognized and respected throughout the art world.
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