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?
If Jean-Michel Basquiat were still alive, he would be turning 60 this December. This is what his career might look like if he was still painting today.
Jackson Pollock was known primarily for his classic “Drip” paintings. But he also produced a provocative group of drawings that laid bare his soul.