Friday, August 15, 2008

Art of John Lennon -forgeries- at the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum

Updated October 24, 2010

Note: Footnotes are enclosed as [FN].



54. WATCH THE HOLES, YOKO 1979 Sold-Out Edition
"A very loving drawing - John holding Yoko's hand, helping, guiding her throught the pitfalls of life. Always there for her. 'watching out' for her." (Page 24, John Lennon catalogue, Published by Pacific Edge Gallery 540 S. Coast Hwy., #112 - Laguna Beach CA 92651- 2479 - www.lennonart.com Page 72, 12. "Watch The Holes Yoko" listed under the subtitle Techniques as: Serigraphy)
NON-DISCLOSED POSTHUMOUS FORGERY

The Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum's August 26, 2008 to September 1, 2008 Coming Together through the art of John Lennon exhibition, loaned at the time by an anonymous collector, contained at least four non-disclosed posthumous (after 1986) -forgeries-.

John Lennon died in 1980.
The dead don't create art.

Those four non-disclosed posthumous (after 1986) forgeries were misrepresented
, with or without intent, by the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum as part of "an amazing collection of original artwork done by the musician John Lennon"[FN 1] and "a number of lithographs and rare Beatles collectibles."[FN 2]

Yet, almost two calendar years later, this same anonymous collector a.k.a. David Petersen is now suing for $191,000 a gallery who he alleges sold him phony John Lennon memorabilia that was a couple years earlier exhibited as "original artwork" by the
Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum.

This monograph updates these contentious issues of authenticity.


CHECKLIST OF POSTHUMOUS FORGERIES


54. WATCH THE HOLES, YOKO 1979 Sold-Out Edition
"A very loving drawing - John holding Yoko's hand, helping, guiding her throught the pitfalls of life. Always there for her. 'watching out' for her." Page 24, John Lennon catalogue, Published by Pacific Edge Gallery 540 S. Coast Hwy., #112 - Laguna Beach CA 92651- 2479 - www.lennonart.com On page 72, 12. "Watch The Holes Yoko" is listed under the subtitle: Techniques as: Serigraphy), Photo Source: Courtesy of Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum/AP August 13, 2008 "Exhibit of John Lennon's Artwork to Open in Waukesha"
1 OF 4 NON-DISCLOSED FORGERIES

























125. SELF-PORTRAIT ON SKIKISHI "
(Page 61, Subtitled: "LYRIC portfolios," in the John Lennon catalogue, Published by Pacific Edge Gallery 540 S. Coast Hwy., #112 - Laguna Beach CA 92651- 2479 - www.lennonart.com On page 72, 125. "Self-Portrait on Shikishi" is listed under the subtitle Technique as: Serigraphy), Photo Source: Courtesy of Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum/AP August 13, 2008 "Exhibit of John Lennon's Artwork to Open in Waukesha"
2 OF 4 NON-DISCLOSED FORGERIES



10. PEACE & LOVE 1969 Sold-Out Edition
"The Lennons being interviewed during the 'Bed-In' about thei dreams for world peace."
(Page 5. Subtitled "This is my story both humble and true," in the John Lennon catalogue, Published by Pacific Edge Gallery 540 S. Coast Hwy., #112 - Laguna Beach CA 92651-2479 - www.lennonart.com On page 71, 12. The "Peace and Love" is listed under the subtitle Technique as: Hand-pulled Lithography)
3 OF 4 NON-DISCLOSED FORGERIES

























12. THE HOLE OF MY LIFE 1977
Sold-Out
Edition "'Flashed before my eyes,' John is looking through a black hole in astonishment as he sees his life passing before him. It is reflection on a void that needs to be filled in everyone's life, no matter how successful or secure. We all believe the quality of life can be improved. The hole is symbolic of the void in all our lives."
(Page 5. Subtitled "This is my story both humble and true," in the John Lennon catalogue, Published by Pacific Edge Gallery 540 S. Coast Hwy., #112 - Laguna Beach CA 92651-2479 - www.lennonart.com On page 71, 12. The Hole of My Life is listed under the subtitle Technique as: Serigraphy)
4 OF 4 NON-DISCLOSED FORGERIES


This image was part of a WISN slide show for this exhibit.[FN 3]


On page 661 of the Seventh Edition of Black's Law Dictionary, -forgery- is defined as: "The act of fraudulently making a false document or altering a real one to be used as if genuine." [FN 4]

On page 1231 of the Seventh Edition of Black's Law Dictionary, -proof- is defined as: "The establishment or refutation of an alleged fact by evidence."[FN 5]

So, where is the proof?


The evidence that proves these contentious issues of authenticity for these four non-disclosed forgeries, much less with those tens of thousands upon thousands non-disclosed forgeries falsely attributed to a dead John Lennon, is actually backhandedly confirmed by Yoko Ono and her business representative Pacific Edge Gallery in their published after 1986 John Lennon catalogue.













Front Cover for the John Lennon catalogue and page 1, Published by Pacific Edge Gallery
540 S. Coast Hwy., #112 - Laguna Beach CA 92651- 2479 - www.lennonart.com)




Page 1, Excerpt from the John Lennon catalogue, Published by Pacific Edge Gallery
540 S. Coast Hwy., #112 - Laguna Beach CA 92651- 2479 - www.lennonart.com)


On page one of Yoko Ono and her business representative Pacific Edge Gallery's published John Lennon catalogue, it is written: "During 1986, Yoko Ono Lennon decided to share John's artistic genius with the public by publishing the first in a series of prints entitled, 'This is My Story Both Humble and True,' followed with 'Bag One Continued...," "Dakota Days," "Karuizawa Series" and "ai: Japan Through John Lennon Eyes."[FN 6]

That would make the posthumously (-during 1986-) published "Watch the Holes, Yoko" from -Dakota days-, "Peace & Love" and "The Hole of My Life" from -This my story both humble and true-, at best reproductions.

As for the photograph of the titled: "Self-Portrait on Skikishi" numbered -AP 17/50- on page 61 of Yoko Ono's published after 1986 John Lennon catalogue, it has an illegible signature that is attributable to Yoko Ono, not John Lennon.

This posthumously applied Yoko Ono signature is confirmed by one of Yoko Ono's business associates: Pacific Edge Gallery on their website: "Each limited edition fine art print is authenticated by John Lennon's embossed signature, the embossed printer and publisher's mark, Yoko Ono Lennon's hand-signature, and John's personal chop mark."[FN 7]

Under U.S. Copyright Law, § 101. Definitions, a “work of visual art” is — (1) a painting, drawing, print or sculpture, existing in a single copy, in a limited edition of 200 copies or fewer that are signed and consecutively numbered by the author."[FN 8]

In other words, if John Lennon did not sign it, much less numbered it, it can -never- be considered a -limited edition- by John Lennon.

The dead don't posthumously sign, much less number.

Additionally, -AP 17/50- inscription on the titled: "Self-Portrait on Skikishi," on page 61 of Yoko Ono's published after 1986 John Lennon catalogue, is an abbreviation for number 17 of 50 artist proofs.

An artist proof is defined as: "one of the proofs in a limited edition of original prints. An artist's proof must bear the artist's signature or mark and, since the early 20th century, is usually numbered."[FN 9]

Therefore, since John Lennon did not sign the titled "Self-Portrait on Skikishi," by definition and law it could not be an artist's proof, much less a limited edition.

The dead don't proof.

On page 71 and 72 of Yoko Ono's published after 1986 John Lennon catalogue,
"Peace & Love" from -This my story both humble and true-" listed under -Techniques- as: "Hand-pulled Lithography"and "The Hole of My Life" from -This my story both humble and true-," Watch the Holes, Yoko" from -Dakota days- and "Self-Portrait on Skikishi" are listed under -Techniques- as: "Serigraphy."

Lithographs, serigraphs, etchings, woodcuts and the like are original works of visual art that are created by living artists.

This is confirmed by U.S. Customs’ May 2006 Works of Art, Collector's Pieces Antiques, and Other Cultural Property - An Informed Compliance Publication” which states: "The expression "original engravings, prints and lithographs" means impressions produced directly, in black and white or in color, of one or of several plates wholly executed by hand by the artist, irrespective of the process or of the material employed by him, but excluding any mechanical or photomechanical process."[FN 10]

Therefore, when Yoko Ono decided "during 1986" to publish John Lennon's work, she was at best publishing reproductions not original works of visual art such as lithographs, serigraphs, woodcuts and etchings.

The dead don't create art.

Then to go from the ridiculous to the sublime, on page 1 of Yoko Ono's published after 1986 John Lennon catalogue, it is written: "The OnoLennon collaboration is still taking place."[FN 8] and that
"Yoko has blended her art with John's in the color renditions within the collection."

The dead don't collaborate.

So, why did Yoko Ono decide to posthumously colorize, sometime after 1986, black & white reproductions of John Lennon's b&w drawings?

This is answered in a July 16, 1997 Detroit News published July 16, 1997 “in loving color: Lennon art with an Ono flair -- comes to Ann Arbor” article by Art Critic Joy Hakanson Colby, Yoko Ono describes the actual events that led to the colorizing of the so-called John Lennon “lithographs” and “screenprints.” It first quotes Yoko as stating: “Yes, I’ve been criticized for adding color to John’s black-and-white drawings,” she acknowledges, “but when I explain why it happened, people usually understand.”[FN 11]

Did Yoko Ono really plan all along that the posthumous colorizing of reproductions of John Lennon’s black-and-white drawings to “enhance the meaning of the original drawings?”

The article continues: “Ono has been touring Lennon’s lithographs and screenprints for the last 10 years, making the work available to the public that reveres him as a musician and raising money for charitable causes. Bookings are handled by a team of organizers who want to give the work as much visibility as possible. When a gallery wanted to display one of Lennon’s prints in the window to advertise the show inside, it was determined that the little black-and-white line drawing was too slight to command attention. Ono was informed that color would achieve the desired effect.”[FN 12]

Yoko Ono is quoted as stating: “I was shocked when they showed me a drawing that had been colored in terrible, screaming hues. I told them what they had done was sacrilege,” Ono recalls. - Up to that point I had been a purist. But I figured if some of John’s drawings needed color, I’d do it myself.”[FN 13]

In other words, the real motivation for the posthumous colorization of b&w reproductions of John Lennon’s b&w drawings was because they couldn’t sell them. The bologna about “enhancing {their} meaning” is just part of a larger cover-up to sell these non-disclosed forgeries at $500 to $9,000 or more each to the unsuspecting public.

Unfortunately for John Lennon's true legacy, not to mention the unsuspecting consumer, it goes from bad to worse. After some twelve years or more misrepresenting colorized forgeries as John Lennon's original works of visual art ie., lithographs, serigraphs, wooducts and etchings, Yoko Ono became embolden around 1998 and authorized the posthumous alterations of John Lennon's drawings into new colorized compositions and had the avarice to promote those colorized altered composition forgeries as drawings he created with his son Sean between 1976 and 1980.













In His Own Write, Copyright © 1964 by John Lennon, Published by Simon Schuster, Inc., Rockefeller Center, 630 Fifth Avenue, New York 20, N.Y., Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 64-3385



Pages 62 & 63, In His Own Write , Copyright © 1964 by John Lennon, published by Simon and Schuster, Inc.
1964 PUBLISHED REPRODUCTION OF LENNON'S B&W DRAWINGS





















89. A Herd Moving, “Image: 11.5” x 10” Paper: 15” x 10”, Serigraphy, Stonehenge,” p. 41, John Lennon catalogue with the byline: Pacific Edge Gallery 540 S. Coast Hwy., #112. Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2479, www.lennonart.com
NON-DISCLOSED POSTHUMOUSLY COLORIZED FORGERY

Now compare John Lennon's original b&w drawings reproduced on pages 62 and 63 in his published 1964 book titled In His Own Write with the above posthumously (after 1998) colorized forgery titled: "A Herd Moving," one of thousands upon thousands of non-disclosed forgeries misrepresented for sale from $500 to $9,000 or more each as original works of visual art and promoted by Yoko Ono's in her 1999 book titled: John Lennon real love, The Drawings For Sean with an "Introduction by Yoko Ono" and "Adapted by Al Naclerio from Drawings by John Lennon."

What that means is Yoko Ono hired a chromist (someone who copies an artist's work) Al Naclerio to forge colorized and altered compositions using, in part, those 1964 reproductions of John Lennon's b&w drawings.


These original John Lennon b&w drawings were reproduced in his published 1964 In His Own Write book some two years before he met Yoko Ono in 1966 and some twelve years before their son Sean was even born.

Yet in the introduction for Yoko Ono's published 1999 John Lennon real love, The Drawings for Sean, she wrote: "John would draw something and explain to Sean what it was - John would write what Sean had said underneath the drawings as titles."[FN 14]

The fact is these so-called "real love, The Drawings for Sean" are non-disclosed posthumous colorized forgeries by Al Naclerio.

Yoko Ono has no shame.

This documentation is the background for the non-disclosed colorized and altered forgeries that were exhibited in 2008 at the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum.























John Lennon's Self-Portrait lithograph hangs on a wall adjacent to several books about John Lennon and the Beatles Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008, at the residence of a collector who is sharing pieces at the Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum in Waukesha, Wis., during the Coming Together Through the Art of John Lennon exhibit. The show runs from Aug. 16 through Sept. 1. (AP Photo/The Freeman, Kevin Harnack)
http://www.huffingtonpost .com/2008/08/13/john-lennons-rare-art-goi_n_118817.html


COMING TOGETHER THROUGH THE ART OF JOHN LENNON

The Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum in their July 16, 2008 “Coming Together through the art of John Lennon” press release promoted to the public, for the $12 price of adult admission, that it was a collection “of Lennon’s original drawings, serigraphs, and lithographs – purported to be the third largest collection in the world – have been held by an anonymous private collector for decades,[FN 15] and that it would be “an exclusive showing of 25 pieces of original artwork created by the musician John Lennon” in addition to “the original microphone used during the recording of John Lennon's hit song ‘Imagine.’”[FN 16]

On July 30, 2008 the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum entire staff was notified by email to these contentious issues of authenticity with these so-called "lithographs" and "serigraphs" in their upcoming John Lennon exhibition. That evening the museum's new director of development and marketing emailed a replied. In part, he wrote: "Only a handful of the pieces that are added to our exhibit are lithographs and serigraphs that are from the estate of John, as managed by Yoko. I appreciate your deeply held belief that this is not a purist effort to preserve the value and integrity of the original, and frankly, I am not as invested as you emotionally."[FN 17]

Additionally in that email reply, Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum director of development and marketing stated: "Rest assured that our pieces will clearly labeled as what they are - original or otherwise." [FN18]

MISSION STATEMENT
The Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum's -Mission- states that they are a "not for profit organization, preserving and sharing the history and culture of Waukesha County. We educate and inspire visitors at every stage of learning."[FN 19]

In Paul Duro & Michael Greenhalgh’s published Essential Art History, -connoisseurship- is defined as: “that of the art expert able to distinguish between the authentic and non-authentic, for example between an original and a copy.”

Therefore, was the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum's promotion of these four non-disclosed posthumous colorized forgeries in their August 26, 2008 to September 1, 2008 Coming Together through the art of John Lennon exhibition, for the $12 price of admission[FN 20], just a lack of connoisseurship?

MUSEUM SAYS THEY'RE LEGITIMATE
In a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published July 4, 2008 "Beatles donors gives Waukesha museum a little help" article by Scott Williams, the reporter wrote: "the Maria Sprecher, an exhibits researcher for the museum, said officials have gone to great lengths to verify the collection's authenticity, even making contact with Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono. "They're legitimate - they're real," Sprecher said. "I was rather dumbfounded." [FN 21]

In the August 13, 2008 “Rare collection of Lennon art shown in Waukesha” article by Associated Press Writer Carrie Antlfinger, the reporter quoted the museum director Kirsten Villegas stating: “To have this caliber of an artist such as John Lennon, have this much body of his original work and the lithographs, which he created, in one place, in one public showing is incredibly unusual."[FN 22]

JOHN LENNON SKETCHES ARE PHONY, COLLECTOR SAYS
Now, a couple years later, the Courthouse News Service published on July 8, 2010 the “John Lennon Sketches are Phony, Collector Says” article by Lisa Buchmeir. In part, the reporter wrote: “A man claims he was bilked for $191,000 for phony John Lennon memorabilia. David Petersen says Hawaii-based Celebrities Galleries sold him 14 sketches and a microphone, claiming Lennon used it to record "Imagine." But Petersen says the microphone was not even made until 6 years after the "Imagine" album, and he says the sketches are bogus too. - Petersen seeks punitive damages for misrepresentation, negligence, breach of contract and fraud.”[FN 23]

Unfortunately, this is the same anonymous collector a.k.a. David Petersen, who in a Waukesha Freeman published August 9, 2008 "Artist Cries Foul on Lennon Exhibit" article by Joe Petrie was encouraged by three galleries he called to ignore this scholar's claims, is quoted: "Basically he has a problem with any John Lennon lithograph put out after his death - Frankly, it doesn't matter to me because I like the works."[FN 24]

Additionally, in this same article, the Waukesha Freeman reporter wrote: "According to e-mails between himself and Hahn that he passed on to The Freeman, Arseneau sent museum staff links buttressing his objections to the artwork. Hahn responded that the pieces had been thoroughly researched by staff and lithographs will be displayed as such and told him to stop e-mailing the entire staff, saying that he “consider(ed) the matter between you and our staff closed.”[FN 25]

Two years later in a Waukesha Freeman published July 10, 2010 "Lawsuit: John Lennon collector was duped" article by Joe Petrie, the reporter wrote: "A town of Waukesha man who supplied the artwork and artifacts for the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum’s 2008 John Lennon exhibit has filed a federal lawsuit against the persons who sold him many of the artifacts, alleging several of the items are fake."[FN 26]

Additionally the reporter wrote the complaint stated: "Petersen purchased a microphone from one of the defendants that was purportedly used by Lennon while making the Imagine album. However, the document states Petersen later contacted the company that manufactured the microphone and found out it was made in 1977, six years after the Imagine album was made." and the collector "Petersen was told by one of the defendants that the 14 Lennon sketches were obtained from the son of U.S. Surgeon General Jesse Steinfeld; however, he later discovered Steinfeld never had a son. Also, after forensic investigators further examined the sketches, they discovered the type of ink used to make them didn’t exist at the time Lennon purportedly made them."[FN 27]

NO COMMENT BY MUSEUM
As for the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum, the reporter wrote: "Museum Executive Director Kirsten Lee Villegas said the organization will not comment on pending litigation."[FN 28]

To truly show how incestuous and widespread this -art of John Lennon- fraud is, one of those three galleries the collector David Petersen called back in 2008 to inquiry about this scholar's allegations that all recommended he ignore, was the Pacific Edge Gallery. This is same Pacific Edge Gallery that partners with Yoko Ono in selling for $500 to $9,000 or more each non-disclosed posthumous colorized and altered composition forgeries as the -Art of John Lennon-.

PACIFIC EDGE GALLERY - THEY'RE PRETTY EASY TO FAKE
This is confirmed in the Milwaukee Journal's published July 9, 2010 "Collector sues dealer that sold him some of the drawings" article by Bruce Vielmetti, where the reporter quoted Pacific Edge Gallery owner Paul Jillson: "He said he generally stays away from any purported Lennon original because it can be so difficult to determine authenticity. 'They're pretty easy to fake,' Jillson said. On the other hand, he said, Lennon did make a lot of drawings. He said his gallery has only one original, with a detailed provenance back to Lennon supported by other evidence. He has seen other purported originals, on paper, similar to the series Lennon drew for Ono in 1969. 'I've always been skeptical," Jillson said. "I wouldn't touch them with a 10-foot pole. They don't add up historically.'"[FN 29]

This same Pacific Edge Gallery owner Paul Jillson, in Associated Press published August 13, 2008 "Rare collection of Lennon art shown in Waukesha" article by Carrie Antlfinger, the reporter wrote: "Paul Jillson, who has represented Lennon's artwork since 1988, said Lennon didn't sell his works though galleries and didn't catalog them, so for someone to have collected so many original is a coup. Ono has 1,700 original Lennon's original drawings."[FN 30]

PACIFIC EDGE GALLERY SOLD COLLECTOR A SERIGRAPH
Later the reporter wrote: "Jillson, who is also the owner of the Pacific Edge Gallery in Laguna Beach, Calif., said he has more than 120 lithographs and serigraphs for sale through the gallery and on exhibition tour but only two original drawings on loan from Ono. The Waukesha area collector bought one serigraph from him, he said."[FN 31]

As noted earlier under U.S. Customs, lithographs and serigraphs are original works of visual art "wholly executed by hand by the artist" and "excluding any mechanical and photomechanical processes."

So, why would an art dealer/gallery owner who professes to sell original works of visual art such as lithographs and serigraphs specifically say he only has two originals?

Aside the California-based art dealer/gallery owner may be incompetent which would be an explanation not an excuse, under California Civil Code 1738 to 1745, if you sell a reproduction for $100 or more, you are required to disclose it in writing as a reproduction. Failure to do so, may include but not limited to, refund-interest-treble damages-attorney fees-expert witness fees and $1,000 fine per occurance.[FN 32]

And this is one of the three art dealer/gallery owners who informed the collector David Petersen to ignore these contentious issues of authenticity raised by this scholar.

The Fox guarding the Chickens.

COLLECTOR - PEOPLE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE
Amazingly, in the Milwaukee Journal's published July 9, 2010 "Collector sues dealer that sold him some of the drawings" article by Bruce Vielmetti, in referring to "the 2008 exhibit at the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum," the collector David Petersen is quoted: "We all feel bad because the months of effort we put into (the exhibit) were for a bunch of forgeries" and "I thought I was doing my due diligence," with extensive research, discussions with experts and other collectors and dealers. But he said he's learned that "there's an incredibly complex world of people taking advantage of people's love for the Beatles."[FN 33]

COLLECTOR - LENNON NOT MAKING PRINTS NOT THE ISSUE
Yet, the collector David Petersen is still somewhat in denial because despite being informed
two year earlier by this scholar of these contentious issues of authenticity with the so-called -art of John Lennon-, the Milwaukee Sentinel reporter wrote: "A Florida lithographer has made an international name for himself by criticizing many of those reproductions as not truly Lennon works because he didn't make the prints. But Petersen says that's not the issue in his case."[FN 34]

For someone who thinks John Lennon not making the art is not the issue, the collector sure is suing to recover a lot of money from those who allegedly sold him work John Lennon did not make.

Finally, in the Waukesha Now's published August 14, 2008 "Dig it: Beatlemania hits area ... again Lennon's art, Beatles memories 'Come Together' at Waukesha County Museum" article by Jamie Burns, the reporter wrote: "We’re delighted to have this prestigious show at Waukesha County Museum,” museum director Kirsten Lee Villegas said. “Oftentimes you think collectors live only on the East or West Coast. But we have the third-largest Lennon collector in the world right here, in Southeastern Wisconsin. That really speaks to the high quality of art collectors we do have in this area.”[FN 35]

Then as if to subliminally blurt out the truth, the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum director Kirsten Lee Villegas is quoted later in the article: “You don’t really get to see his artwork,” Villegas said. “It’s almost as if you can see through a window into his soul.”[FN 36]

The blind leading the blind.

To learn more about these contentious issues of authenticity, link to:
Artwork of John Lennon $100 MILLION FRAUD, The Dea...

CONCLUSION
The reputations and legacy of living and past artists, present and future art gallery patrons and the art-buying public deserve the re-establishment of the obvious; that the living presence and participation of the artist to once again be required, as it always should have been, to create the piece of art attributable to the artist if indeed it is attributed to them, much less purported to have been signed by them.


FOOTNOTES:
1.“Coming Together Through the Art of John Lennon, August 16th through September 1st

“The Waukesha County Museum is excited to announce the exhibit Coming Together Through the Art of John Lennon, an amazing collection of original artwork done by the musician John Lennon. The exhibit will run from August 16th to September 1st. This is a special event with an extremely limited run, so be sure you don't miss it!

“The exhibit will showcase not only original artwork by the ex-Beatle, but also a number of lithographs and rare Beatles collectibles. The local collector who owns these pieces has graciously allowed us this unique opportunity to display his collection, hoping it will help us to raise funds for the museum's growing humanities programming. “As a part of our community, it gives me a great deal of pleasure helping the Waukesha Historical Society and Museum with their efforts,” he is quoted as saying. “I hope that everyone will come together to see these original drawings by John Lennon and be as fascinated by them as I am.”

“Staff can be reached by phone, fax, mail, or e-mail:
Phone:(262) 521-2859
Fax: (262) 521-2865
Address:
Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum
101 West Main Street, Waukesha, WI 53186-4811”

2. Ibid

3.http://www.wisn.com/slideshow/slideshows/17192226/detail.html

4. © 1999 By West Group, ISBN 0-314-22864-0

5. Ibid

6. John Lennon catalogue, Published by Pacific Edge Gallery
540 S. Coast Hwy., #112 - Laguna Beach CA 92651- 2479 - www.lennonart.com)

7. http://www.lennonart.com/pages/artist.php

8. www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#101

9. Published and copyrighted © 1969, 1991 by Bena Mayer ISBN 0-06-461012-8 (pbk.)

10.http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/legal/informed_compliance_pubs/

11. July 16, 1997 Detroit News “in loving color: Lennon art with an Ono flair -- comes to Ann Arbor” article by Art Critic Joy Hakanson Colby

12. Ibid

13. Ibid

14. John Lennon real love, The Drawings for Sean, "Adapted by Al Naclerio from drawings by John Lennon, © 1999 by Yoko Ono Lennon

15 “Coming Together Through the Art of John Lennon, August 16th through September 1st

“The Waukesha County Museum is excited to announce the exhibit Coming Together Through the Art of John Lennon, an amazing collection of original artwork done by the musician John Lennon. The exhibit will run from August 16th to September 1st. This is a special event with an extremely limited run, so be sure you don't miss it!

“The exhibit will showcase not only original artwork by the ex-Beatle, but also a number of lithographs and rare Beatles collectibles. The local collector who owns these pieces has graciously allowed us this unique opportunity to display his collection, hoping it will help us to raise funds for the museum's growing humanities programming. “As a part of our community, it gives me a great deal of pleasure helping the Waukesha Historical Society and Museum with their efforts,” he is quoted as saying. “I hope that everyone will come together to see these original drawings by John Lennon and be as fascinated by them as I am.”

“Staff can be reached by phone, fax, mail, or e-mail:
Phone:(262) 521-2859
Fax: (262) 521-2865
Address:
Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum
101 West Main Street, Waukesha, WI 53186-4811”

16. Ibid

17. From: Jim Hahn (jhahn@wchsm.org) Sent: Wed 7/30/08 7:23 PM To: 'gary arseneau'

18. Ibid

19. http://www.waukeshacountymuseum.org/mission_history.html

20. http://www.waukeshanow.com/story/index.aspx?id=782470&format=print

What: Coming Together Through the Art of John Lennon When: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16 through Sept. 1 Where: Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum Cost: $12 adults, $10 students/seniors, $6 children; advance tickets are recommended, purchase online or call (866) 468-3401 Info.: (262) 521-2859 or wchsm.org/exhibitsFuture.asp

21.http://www.jsonline.com/news/waukesha/29423759.html

22..http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_travel/20080814/ap_tr_

23.http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/07/08/28667.htm

24. Copyright 2010 Lakeshore Newspapers, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Record Number: 20100710Ar00102

25. Ibid

26. Copyright 2010 Lakeshore Newspapers, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Record Number: 20100710Ar00102

27. Ibid

28. Ibid

29.http://www.jsonline.com/news/waukesha/98154104.html

30. http://www.twincities.com/wisconsin_travel/ci_10189922

31. Ibid

32. http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/cacode/CIV/5/d3/4/1/1/s1738

33 http://www.jsonline.com/news/waukesha/98154104.html

34. Ibid

35. http://www.waukeshanow.com/story/index.aspx?id=782470

36. Ibid





PRINCIPALS:
Kirsten Villegas
Executive Director
Waukesha County Historical & Soiety & Museum
101 West Main Street, Waukesha, WI 53186-4811
(262) 521-2859

Jim Hahn
development and marketing director
Waukesha County
Historical Society & Museum
412-716-1880
jhahn@wchsm.org

Maria Sprecher
Exhibits Researcher
Waukesha County
Historical Society & Museum
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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is something that has annoyed me for years. John's doodles being colourised by others and sold both as expensive reproductions and on all manner of commercial products. I agree with you that it is both fraud and also demeaning to the original artist who never authorised hs work to be used in these ways.

2:49 AM, August 17, 2008  
Blogger Vincent Vigil said...

To say that these are fakes, is bull! Yoko released these in the 80's, and the whole world know's about it! To say that something is a fake implies that Yoko pulled the wool over someones eyes. NOT TRUE! The original work came from John Lennon's hand, get over it!

1:38 PM, August 17, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this exhibit when it came to Boston over amonth ago and it is tinged with fakery. Being a published writer on the Beatles I was armed with facts. One of the things that this group sells is supposedly original lyrics handwritten by John. I stood there with the salesperson while she explained to me and the gathered people about these pieces. I asked her about the displayed lyrics to "Drive My Car". I asked her why would John have hand-written the lyrics to a song that Paul McCartney had written? I also pointed out 3 or 4 other examples of this on display. She had no answer and the gathered group laughed a bit.

8:29 AM, August 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gary-

dude, i doubt you are brave enough to leave this post here, but you are a nut case, man.

you chase down Dr. Seuss, Rodin sculptures, and Lennon stuff psychotically!!

and the other guy who said he saw this stuff in Boston is also crazy, as the pieces they showed in Wisconsin had NEVER been put on a show before -- they were a private guy's personal stuff that he bought and loaned them to show.

gary - you don't sound AT ALL credible. you say your qualified, but your blog is nothing but dictionary definitions and you never graduated from a top art college or gat any training as a person who can authentificate art.

I love how the museum in canada warned the media about you when they had an sculpture exhibit, so you got no ink there.

i hope people ignore you as the raving lunatic that you are. John loved Yoko - he left his stuff to her -- she can do wahtever the heck she wants like any wife who gets her dead husband's stuff.

you need another hobby. one that you are good at, dude.

6:13 PM, September 11, 2008  
Blogger Gary Arseneau said...

FYI

At least twenty-one articles, radio interviews and television stories either published, broadcast or telecast in Canada between 2004 and 2007 concerning my allegations of fraud with the Cantor Foundation's Rodin exhibit touring Canadian museums:

1. September 26, 2004, The Calgary Herald published "Glenbow casts first Rodin stone" article by JOHN GRADON

2. October 16, 2004, Edmonton Sun’s published “Dead men can’t sculpt” article by Michael Platt

3. October 28, 2004, FFWD Weekly published “Glenbow Museum foils Rodin Chaser” article by Wes LaFortune

4. October 30, 2004, Calgary Herald published “Rodin works at Glenbow” by Jane Naclia

5. October 30, 2004, Calgary Herald published “Glenbow brings art master back to life for Rodin show” article by John Gradon

6. February 24, 2005 cbc.ca televised “Rodin’s bronze beauties bring debate” story

7. February 25, 2005, The Halifax Herald Limited published “Is it a real Rodin or a reproduction” article by Elissa Barnard

8. June 24, 2005, Globe and Mail published “Rodin’s cast of hundreds” article by Danielle Egan

9. February 21, 2006, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal published “Did Rodin pour the moulds for his famous sculptures? Does it really matter?” article by Karen Ruet

10. February, 20, 2006, CBC Radio Morning Show with Host Terry Seguin and his interview with Beaverton Art Gallery director Bernard Riordon

11. February 27, 2006 CBC Radio Morning Show with Host Terry Seguin and his interview with Gary Arseneau

12. May 20, 2006, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal’s published “The Sculptor, The Thinker and The Chaser; Augustus Rodin’s figures have started to take up their place at the Beaverbrook; so has the familiar refrain that dead men don’t sculpt” article by Karen Rawlines

13. May 29, 2006, The Daily Gleaner published “Rodin on display; Controversy - Florida scholar contends works are reproductions, not originals” article by Mark Taylor

14. August 16, 2006, FPinfomart.ca published “Winnipeg gallery latest caught up in Rodin kerfuffle” article by Kevin Prokosh

15. September 28, 2006, Uptown {Winnipeg} published “The real thing? - Florida gallery owner questions the authenticity of upcoming Rodin exhibit" article by Mike Warkentin

16. September 28, 2006, Winnipeg Free Press published “Heavy Metal” article by Morley Walker

17. November 1, 2006, The Manitoban published “Fake or no fake, Rodin exhibit worth seeing” article by Elyssa Steman

18. December 7, 2006, Winnipeg Free Press published “Does it matter whose hands Rodins?’ article by Lorne Roberts

19. January 31, 2007, Victoria News published ‘Rodin chaser raises fuss over exhibit” article by Andrea Lavigne

20. April 5, 2007, Times Colonist published “Rodin show attracts buzz, questions” article by Grania Litwin

21. April 14, 2007, Times Colonist published “Thoughts about original artwork, Artist cast doubt on Rodin exhibit - Dead people don’t create sculpture” article by Adrian Chamberlain

6:35 AM, September 12, 2008  

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