Jackson Pollock Is Perhaps the Most-Forged Postwar Artist. This Man Wants to Identify the Fakes
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Jackson Pollock Is Perhaps the Most-Forged Postwar Artist. This Man Wants to Identify the Fakes

Richard Polsky. Courtesy of Richard Polsky. In 2007, hedge fund manager Pierre Lagrange bought a silver drip painting by Jackson Pollock for $17 million from Knoedler Gallery. Four years later, he found out the painting was a fake. A few years after that, at least three different people were ensnared into buying works they believed were part of a previously unknown cache of Pollocks assembled by a mentally unstable and reclusive German immigrant named James Brennerman. That story also, perhaps unsurprisingly, turned out not to be true. “As one of our great ‘art myths,’ Pollock fakes continue to crop up,” says the author and art dealer Richard Polsky. He “remains the most-forged postwar artist.” To help combat the issue, Polsky is now offering authentication services for Pollock’s work. The Abstract Expressionist is the latest artist to join the portfolio of figures authenticated by Polsky, which already includes Andy Warhol , Jean-Michel Basquiat , and Keith Haring . Polsky launched his business after many artists’ foundations—including those of Warhol, Basquiat, and Haring—stopped offering authentication services in the wake of a rise of lawsuits from disgruntled collectors. Jackson Pollock in North Truro, MA, 1944. Photo by Bernard Schardt. Courtesy American Contemporary […]

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