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Andy Warhol would have revelled in the chaos of his legacy

Having signed fake screenprints as his own, Warhol left his work open to questionable rulings by an authentication board, causing collectors much frustration and expense

16 December 2023

9:00 AM

16 December 2023

9:00 AM

Warhol After Warhol: Power and Money in the Modern Art World Richard Dorment

Picador, pp.288, 18.99

Andy Warhol’s legacy has been dogged by rows over authenticity more than that of any other modern artist. Warhol might well have predicted the chaos and even delighted in it. He once signed a fake painting at Christie’s – four silkscreened Jackie Kennedys – for the hell of it. ‘I don’t know why I ever did,’ he wrote in his diary – and yet the confession makes clear that he maintained a distinction, in the end, between what was fraudulent and what was his.

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