The significance of Keith Haring’s art was his ability to take cartooning and turn it into fine art. Along the way, he invented a series of potent symbols, including crawling babies and barking dogs — many of which found their way into his Subway Drawings. Many art historians and critics consider the Subway Drawings to […]
In January, 2022, my wife Kimberly and I will be relocating to our new “contemporary adobe-style” house in Santa Fe. While our decision to move wasn’t based on the art authentication business, we certainly factored in the town’s creative atmosphere. Witness the mile-long row of diverse art galleries on Canyon Road and the abundance of […]
There are two Holy Grails of modern and contemporary art collecting. The first would be the re-discovery of the Vincent Van Gogh self-portrait, The Artist on the Road to Tarascon (1888), which disappeared from being stored in a salt mine during World War II. The other would be the emergence of a previously unknown Jackson […]
Finally, a documentary has arrived about the infamous Knoedler scandal; Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art. The tale’s basic premise is how the venerable Knoedler gallery — which had been in business for an unheard of 165 years — was forced to close after they got caught selling fake Motherwells, Rothkos, and […]
During 2020, we’ve noticed a new phenomenon; fake Warhol graphics produced by high-quality laser printers. While we’re not sure about the specifics used to create these forgeries, examples from his “Flowers,” “Maos,” “Endangered Species,” and “Myths” portfolios have cropped up — so far. It used to be that a print’s provenance was of little consequence; […]
Let there be no doubt about it; Santa Fe is in love with Georgia O’Keeffe. She’s the spiritual godmother of the town. A perusal of the shops which line the downtown Plaza reveal a wide variety of goods. Take your pick of O’Keeffe postcards, refrigerator magnets, posters, coffee table books, and scarves. Then there’s the […]
In the five short years since I started Richard Polsky Art Authentication, I’ve witnessed a number of significant changes in the art market. Perhaps the biggest change has been the continued rise of the art market itself. They say a tree doesn’t grow to the sky, but Contemporary art may be the lone exception. If […]
Thanks to a record breaking price at auction for a drawing, Outsider artist Bill Traylor forgeries are on the rise .
When it comes to Andy Warhol paintings, beware of elaborate provenances.
In 2001, the art dealer Michel Cohen fled the country with a fortune in art and cash — secured just by his word. Is it time to start regulating the art market?