If you happen to find what you believe is a real piece of art made by Andy Warhol in your attic’s crawl space or at some flea market, you’re now going to have a bit more difficult of a time trying to get it authenticated. Though that might not be such a bad thing. The board of directors of the Andy Warhold Foundation for the Visual Arts have announced that they have voted to dissolve the Andy Warhol Authentication Board, the 16 year-old group of six members who would meet three times per year to evaluate pieces, deeming them real or fake. Over the years, the group had found itself fighting off a number of controversies, most recently over their stamping “denied” on the back of work they’d found to not be authentic, allegedly to help drive up the cost of real Warhols, and larger scandal last year when it was revealed that a Brillo Box sculpture the organization had authenticated was made three years after the artist’s death. But now that will all be in the past, as last week was the final date one could request a review. Here’s a bit from the announcement:
The Foundation’s decision to dissolve the Authentication Board was informed by a strategic review of the Foundation’s core programs and reflects the Foundation’s intent to maximize its grant-making and other charitable activities in support of the visual arts.
The Directors further expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the exemplary work and expertise provided by members of the Authentication Board over the past 16 years. The Authentication Board will honor all requests for review received prior to October 19, 2011; but will no longer accept requests for review after that date.