The place for Beatles fans and art lovers this past weekend was the SoHo studio rented out by Yoko Ono to auction off some of John Lennon's artwork she had been holding onto. However, a Florida-based artist is claiming that the pieces for sale are actually fake, or rather "essentially cut-and-paste mashups of Lennon themes rather than Lennon prints."
Gary Arsenau, an "artist, creator of original lithographs, scholar, and author" claims that he has looked over the pieces carefully and noticed the discrepancies almost immediately. He explained to ArtInfo:
"The so-called 'Artwork of John Lennon' being offered for sale in SoHo this weekend was actually posthumously forged in color and new compositions, each part of bogus editions with counterfeit John Lennon chop mark/signatures."
To support his claims, he pointed out that this is not the first time Yoko has been accused of altering Lennon's. However, in the case of this gallery, "Gimme Some Truth: The Artwork of John Lennon," four works are being questioned for their authenticity. At this point, all the organizers will admit is that Yoko added some color to several drawings.
Even that is too much! People want to look at Lennon's art - not Lennon's art by way of Yoko Ono!
See, this is just what Paul was worried about!
[Image via WENN.]
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