Update on Rudy Vallée Painting by Andy Warhol
by Gary Comenas (2012)
Statement from Paul Warhola
Andy Warhol's brother, Paul Warhola, has issued the following statement denying that the Rudy Vallée sketch is by Warhol. Paul grew up with Andy and is familiar with his childhood work. The owner of the sketch, Andy Fields, claims that he acquired the childhood sketch of Rudy Vallée by Warhol from somebody named "Milton Longe" at a Las Vegas garage sale but says he has been unable to find Longe since. He also claims that the work was found behind a sketch by Gertrude Stein that he purchased at the garage sale. Stein expert, Professor Wanda Corn, has denied that the Stein sketch is by Stein. Her statement can be found at: http://warholstars.org/gertrude_stein_warhol.html.
The original press release for the event can be found at: http://rwa.org.uk/local/views/uploads/documents/1337101795_20120515180955_7519792004fb28de3d1cec2_61632359_1885493236_811377465.pdf.
ITV coverage about the painting noted that "one expert backs" Fields "but seven more won't commit," but does not name the one expert who reportedly believes it is a real Warhol. The RWA Bristol has also not named one expert who believes the work to be a real Warhol.
Below is Mr. Warhola's statement:
May 24, 2012
Paul Warhola Pittsburgh, PA
Re: Andy Fields Artwork
Last year in October, 2011, Mr. Andy Fields contacted us - the Warhol Family in regards to a drawing that he felt was done by my brother, Andy Warhol.
We clearly stated to him at the time that it most definitely was NOT done by Warhol as far as we were concerned. It had NO characteristics of his drawing style whatsoever and the signature was vastly unlike his real signature. It doesn’t even come close to being like Warhol’s early work. Also, Mr. Fields supplied us with several names that he felt may connect this drawing with the family. None of the names were familiar to the family. Therefore there is NO connection to Andy Warhol or Warhol’s family whatsoever.
In addition, I understand that the Warhol Authentication Board has also stated similarly that it was ‘not by the hand of Warhol.’
Rather than accepting this reality, Mr. Fields continues to promote this art as an original piece of art done by Andy Warhol. He does this without mentioning the fact that the Warhol family or the Warhol Foundation has denied its authenticity. This information should be relevant to anyone showing this art and labeling it an original Warhol. It should neither be shown as an original Andy Warhol nor be promoted as such. It not only deceives the public but it also damages the reputation of an important historical artist.
1. RWA Bristol: "The work has not been officially authenticated and the RWA do not support any claims of authentication by the owner."
2. Statement from Andy Warhol's brother, Paul Warhola
3. Gertrude Stein expert confirms that alleged Stein sketch is not by Gertrude Stein
4. Statement from Warhol expert denying that the Rudy Vallée sketch is by Andy Warhol
5. Questions for the RWA Bristol
6. Rudy Vallée sketch to be exhibited at the Royal West of England Academy as an authentic Warhol
7. $3 jumble sale sketch is £1.3 million Warhol - or is it?
8. The President of the RWA asks if Andy Warhol sketch is "authentic or a hoax"
1. ITV Bristol (Scroll down for video of broadcast)
2. Atlantic Wire
3. Art Info
4. BBC Magazine