this is a treat for anybody interested in the foibles of the art world. joe simon is the star of the show and it's his courage in telling a complex story that impresses.
it would probably be fair to say that the art world is the last refuge for scoundrels. the magic of 'Imagine: Warhol: Denied' is the explanation of andy warhol's working methods insofar as they relate to the issue of art authentication in today's world.
warhol did not create all of his own original works, he teamed up with assistants at the Factory and at other locations. therefore the idea that a single hand brought a work of art to life becomes fiction. joe simon's warhol self portrait had been authenticated and then the board reversed their decision with no explanation.
the process of authentication is complicated by the unruly and irregular behavior of the andy warhol art authentication board, inc. it seems that the flow of works for sale on the market is carefully controlled by a small group of people who have a direct interest in maximising their own profits. this doesn't look good and while the notion of transparency is a complex one, the overall theme is familiar.
big business gets away with whatever it needs at the cost of less powerful individuals.
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