Saturday, March 7, 2009

Posthumous Forgeries, falsely attributed to John Lennon, for sale in an exhibit at The Dome in Edinburgh

UPDATED: November 21, 2010

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Page 28-29, Excerpt from the John Lennon's In His Own Write book published by Simon and Schuster, New York in 1964 (Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 64-3385) versus "{One of} two new releases from the John Lennon Estate display John’s artistic brilliance at capturing meaning with a minimum of lines. 'Come Together' is a plea for world peace and understanding using the unique whimsical characters that Lennon drew throughout his life. Each hand pulled serigraph measures 20" x 22" and is individually signed by Yoko Ono Lennon and limited to an edition of 375 worldwide."

(This description was acquired from one of Yoko Ono's business partner's Pacific Edge Gallery. The link is: http://www.lennonart.com/pages/newreleases.php


The above titled: "Come Together," attributed to John Lennon, is one of the tens of thousands of non-disclosed posthumous forgeries authorized since 1986 by Yoko Ono and misrepresented for sale as original works of visual art ie., lithographs, serigraphs, etchings and woodcuts at $500 to $8,000 or more each totaling well over $100 million.

John Lennon died in 1980, some six year earlier. The dead don't create art.


IMAGINE AT THE DOME IN EDINBURGH
Therefore, as will be documented below, the so-called "selection of Lennon’s work spanning 1968 until his death in 1980 - in an exhibition called Imagine"{1}, opening at the The Dome on Edinburgh's George Street from 31 March until April 4, 2009, are non-disclosed posthumous forgeries.

WHAT IS A FORGERY?
On page 661 of the Seventh Edition of Black's Law Dictionary, one definition given for -forgery- is: "a false or altered document made to look genuine by somone with the intent to deceive."{2}

These non-disclosed posthumous -forgeries-, authorized by Yoko Ono, were first posthumously reproduced after 1986 in black-and-white, then posthumously colorized and finally posthumously altered into new compositions, all with counterfeit John Lennon chop-mark/signatures applied, with the intent to make them look genuine to deceive the public into purchasing one or more of them for $500 to 8,000 or more each.

How can this be proven?

WHO IS JONATHAN POOLE?
Jonathan Poole is the "UK and Europe representative for the Arts Estate of John Lennon, who organised this exhibition and specialises in art by musicians"{3} wrote the reporter Alice Wyllie in the Scotsman's published March 7, 2009 "Imagine that: The drawings of John Lennon" article.

YOKO ONO PUBLISHES JOHN'S ARTISTIC GENIUS IN 1986
Yoko Ono's business associate and partner Jonathan Poole backhandedly acknowledges the chronology of these posthumous forgeries on his Compton Cassey Gallery website, where he wrote: "During 1986, Yoko Ono Lennon decided to share John's artistic genius with the pubic 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' and 'Karuizawa Series'."{4}

Remember, in 1986, John Lennon (d. 1980) was some six years dead. Once again, the dead don't create art, much less have artistic genius.

Therefore, anything posthumously published would -at best- be a reproduction.




















"20. The Hug, 1968" - "This is my story both humble and true." Page 8 in the John Lennon catalogue, published by Pacific Edge Gallery, 540 S. Coast Hwy., #112 - Laguna Beach CA 92651- 2479 - www.lennonart.com) Detail of chop-mark from: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=20148&item=3774421395 &rd=1


COUNTERFEIT JOHN LENNON CHOP-MARKS
Then to add insult to injury, counterfeit John Lennon chop-mark signatures have been applied to these tens of thousands of posthumous forgeries, like the above "The Hug," to deceptively create the illusion John Lennon created them, much less approved them.

"The Hug" is part of the "This is my story both humble and true" series published by Yoko Ono after 1986.

This fact was confirmed earlier by Yoko Ono's business partner Jonathan Poole who acknowledges on his website that Yoko Ono published the series "This is my story both humble and true" after -1986-.

The dead don't sign anything, much less apply their chop-mark/signature.

This posthumous counterfeiting of John Lennon's chop-mark/signature is backhandedly confirmed in the Scotsman's published March 7, 2009 "John Lennon's art collection to go on show at The Dome" article by Sue Gyford. In part, despite acknowledging the "prints were created by Yoko Ono"{5} after 1986 the reporter wrote: "each piece in the exhibition bears the image of the stamp"{6} a.k.a. John Lennon's personal chop that was designed to read "Like a Cloud, Beautiful Sound."

WHAT IS A CHOP-MARK?
Pacific Edge Gallery, one of Yoko Ono's business associates, defines a chop-mark as: “Artists in the Orient sign their works with an individual, patented stamp known as a chop. John Lennon's, which is hand-stamped in red on each edition, was designed by him to read "Like a Cloud, Beautiful Sound."{7}






The so-called embossed John Lennon signature detailed from a posthumous forgery titled: "The Hug." The link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=20148&item=3774421395 &rd=1


CAN THE DEAD TRULY AUTHENTICATE ANYTHING?
Despite acknowledging artists in the Orient sign their works with a chop, Pacific Edge Gallery at best suspends disbelief when it states: “In 1986, Yoko Ono, acting for the John Lennon Estate, began releasing limited editions of some of the most meaningful drawings, using only fine art printing techniques - 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.”{8}

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF SIGNATURE & SIGN?
On page 1387 in the Seventh Edition of Black’s Law Dictionary, the term -signature- is defined as: “A person’s name or mark written by that person or at the person’s direction.” On page 1386, in the Seventh Edition of Black’s Law Dictionary, -sign- is defined as: “to identify (a record) by means of a signature, mark, or other symbol with the intent to authenticate it as an act or agreement of the person identifying it.”

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF AUTHENTICATE?
On page 127 of the Seventh Edition of Black’s Law Dictionary, -authenticate- is defined as: “To prove the genuineness of (a thing).”

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF GENUINE?
On page 695 of the Seventh Edition of Black’s Law Dictionary, -genuine- is defined as: “(Of a thing) authentic or real; something that has the quality of what it is purported to be.”

Since John Lennon died tragically in 1980, in 1986 his so-called “embossed signature” and “chop {mark}” could not have been “written by {him} or at {his} direction” to “authenticate” anything.

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF “COUNTERFEIT?”
On page 354, in the Seventh Edition of Black’s Law Dictionary, -counterfeit- is defined as: “To forge, copy, or imitate (something) without a right to do so and with the purpose of deceiving or defrauding.”

Therefore, would the posthumous application of a so-called “John Lennon’s embossed signature” and “chop {mark},” to non-disclosed forgeries, be considered “counterfeit?”

JUST BELIEVE OR SUSPEND DISBELIEF
Yet, Jonathan Poole, "the promoter of the exhibition in the upmarket bar and restaurant The Dome, having been charged by Ono to represent the Lennon estate in Europe for the past 22 years"{9} would have the public just believe or suspend disbelief when he is quoted stating: "They're beautiful drawings; very simple and I love that they're the work of an icon but they portray everyday life," - "They explore simple but powerful themes; normal life and his love for his wife and son. They're accessible and they're so clearly the work of an accomplished artist."{10}

A KNOWING MISREPRESENTATION
Since Jonathan Poole has acknowledged the work in this exhibit began to be published "during 1986" by Yoko Ono, does his false attribution of posthumous forgeries, as "the work of an accomplished artist" ie., John Lennon, become a "knowing misrepresentation of a material fact or concealment of the truth to induce another to his or her detriment"{11} which is one legal definition of -fraud-?

PACIFIC EDGE GALLERY'S JOHN LENNON CATALOGUE

These posthumous forgeries are also backhandedly confirmed in excerpts from a "John Lennon" catalogue published by Yoko Ono's business partner Pacific Edge Gallery.














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)


PUBLISHED AFTER 1986
On page 1 of Pacific Edge Gallery's published John Lennon catalogue, Yoko Ono's business associate Pacific Edge Gallery published the following statement: "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."

Remember, John Lennon died in 1980. The dead don't have "artistic genius."

THREE EXAMPLES OF POSTHUMOUS FORGERIES
Here are three examples of tens of thousands of posthumous forgeries flooding the market at the behest of Yoko Ono and her business associates:

1 of 3
B&W FORGERY WITH COUNTERFEIT CHOP-MARK:





















"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)

Note:: This image was part of a WISN slide show for this exhibit.

The link is: http://www.wisn.com/slideshow/slideshows/17192226/detail.html


PUBLISHED AFTER 1986
As documented earlier, Yoko Ono published "This is my story both humble and true" series after 1986.

JOHN LENNON DIED IN 1980
Remember, John Lennon died in 1980. The dead don't cut and/or paint stencils to be used for screens to create original works of visual art ie., serigraphs in a limited edition, much less apply their chop-mark/signature to signify their approval.

2 of 3 COLORIZED FORGERY WITH COUNTERFEIT CHOP-MARK:


"{One of} two new releases from the John Lennon Estate display John’s artistic brilliance at capturing meaning with a minimum of lines.'Come Together' is a plea for world peace and understanding using the unique whimsical characters that Lennon drew throughout his life. Each hand pulled serigraph measures 20" x 22" and is individually signed by Yoko Ono Lennon and limited to an edition of 375 worldwide."

(This description was acquired from one of Yoko Ono's business partner's Pacific Edge Gallery. The link is: http://www.lennonart.com/pages/newreleases.php














Page 28-29, Excerpt from the John Lennon's In His Own Write book published by Simon and Schuster, New York in 1964 (Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 64-3385)


BLACK & WHITE IN 1964
The above John Lennon black-and-white drawing, was reproduced, in his 1964 book titled: John Lennon In His On Write on the page opposite his chapter titled: "Randolf's Party."




















COLORIZED AFTER 1986
Sometime after 1986 some six years or more after John Lennon death in 1980, Yoko Ono decided to colorize a reproduction of that drawing, misrepresent it as a "serigraph" and title it "Come Together."


3 of 3 COLORIZED & ALTERED FORGERY WITH COUNTERFEIT CHOP-MARK:



















(On left) Page 65, In His Own Write and A Spaniard In The Works by John Lennon, published by Simon and Schuster, Inc., Copyright © 1964, 1965 by John Lennon

(On right) Page 19, John Lennon real love, The Drawings for Sean, “Adapted by Al Naclerio from drawings by John Lennon, © 1999 by Yoko Ono Lennon.”


REAL LOVE- THE DRAWINGS FOR SEAN
In 1999, Yoko Ono published a book titled: Real Love - The Drawings for Sean that on the second page, inside the front cover, stated: “Adapted by Al Naclerio from drawings by John Lennon - Copyright @ 1999 by Yoko Ono Lennon.”

ADAPTED IN 1999 BY AL NACLERIO
What does that mean?



CUT, PASTED, COLORIZED IN ALTERED COMPOSITIONS

Sometime before 1999 Yoko Ono authorized Al Naclerio to alter John Lennon's true artistic legacy. Al Naclerio took John Lennon’s original 1964 black-and-white drawings and cut, pasted and colorized into new altered compositions with a counterfeit titles applied, for example: “a herd moving" along with counterfeit John Lennon chop-mark/signatures posthumously applied to create the illusion he created it, signed and titled it, much less approved it.

Remember, John Lennon died 19 years earlier in 1980. The dead don't create artwork.

YOKO ONO SAYS JOHN AND SEAN DRAWING TOGETHER
Yet, in the INTRODUCTION for this 1999 John Lennon real love The Drawings for Sean book, Yoko Ono wrote: “I began finding John and Sean drawing together. John would draw something and explain to Sean what it was. - John would ask Sean what he thought John was drawing. Sean would say, ‘That’s a horsey,”’ and that would become the title of John’s drawing.”

DRAWN TWELVE YEARS BEFORE HIS SON WAS BORN
One would have to suspend disbelief to an extreme to accept these misleading statements because some of these John Lennon black-and-white drawings were published in John Lennon's 1964 In His Own Write/Spaniard In His Own Words books some two years before he met Yoko Ono in 1966 and some twelve years before even his son Sean was born in 1976.

Unless, up is down and down is up, Yoko Ono has no shame.

LEGACY FINE ART & PRODUCTIONS
Yet, this misrepresentation of John Lennon’s true legacy is perpetuated by Yoko Ono’ business associate Legacy Fine Arts & Productions on their www.johnlennonartwork.com/ popup_reallove.html website. Under the subtitle: “Real Love - The Pieces,” one of which is titled: “A herd moving,” it states: “These drawings were done in the last years of John’s life, with and for his son Sean, to teach him about life and to give him an appreciation for art.”

PACIFIC EDGE GALLERY
Additionally, this misrepresentation of John Lennon’s true legacy is also perpetuated by another of Yoko Ono’s business associates Pacific Edge Gallery on their www.lennonart.com/newrel.htm website. In part, it states: “‘Real Love’ Drawings for Sean {are} twenty-two new editions from John Lennon's new book of drawings released on Random House in June. These unique playful and colorful drawings were drawn for John's son, Sean, to share with him the fun of drawing and creating.”

U.S. CUSTOMS

Under May 2006 U.S. Customs' Informed Compliance regulations, serigraphs, like any original printmaking medium, "must be wholly executed by hand by the artist"{12} and "excludes mechanical and photomechanical reproduction."{13}

U.S. COPYRIGHT LAW
Under U.S. Copyright Law 103, the "copyright in a compilation or derivative work extends only to the material contributed by the author of such work"{14} and under U.S. Copyright Law 106a, the "Right of Attribution - shall not apply to a reproduction."{15}

Additionally, under U.S. Copyright Law 106A, the “Rights of Attribution - shall not apply to any reproduction.”{16}

In other words, anything posthumously reproduced from John Lennon's drawings, much less during his lifetime would be at best reproductions and not attributable to him.

CONCLUSION
What needs to be accomplished is the full and honest disclosure of reproductions as -reproductions- by the Yoko Ono, her business associates: Jonathan Poole, Legacy Fine Arts & Productions and Pacific Edge Gallery. If the Yoko Ono and all other participants, in this fraud, will give full and honest disclosure to these chromist-made (someone hired to create an image for the artist) and/or photo-mechanical reproductions as reproductions, it would allow the public to give informed consent if they chose to purchase one of these -reproductions-.

But if these reproductions are not disclosed as reproductions or the reproductions are not even direct reproductions of the artist’s original artwork because they have been posthumously colorized and/or altered into new compositions with counterfeit signature/chop-marks posthumously applied to create the illusion the artist created them, much less approved them, then they become “something that is not what it purports to be” which is one legal definition of -fake- that may have serious consequences of law for those who chose to misrepresent these reproductions and/or fakes for monetary profit, not to mention the price of admission.

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. http://news.scotsman.com/ViewArticle.aspx?articleid=2471143

2. Seventh Edition of Black's Law Dictionary, ISBN 0-314-22864

3. http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/features/Imagine-that-The-drawings-of.5048852.jp

4. http://www.jonathanpoole.co.uk/jlennon.html

5.http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/features/Imagine-that-The-drawings-of.5048852.jp

6. Ibid

7. www.lennon art.com/lennonas.htm

8. Ibid

9.http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/features/Imagine-that-The-drawings-of.5048852.jp

10. Ibid

11. p. 670, Seventh Edition of Black's Law Dictionary, ISBN 0-314-22864

12. U.S. Customs’ May 2006 Works of Art, Collector's Pieces Antiques, and Other Cultural Property - An Informed Compliance Publication. ” In part, it 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."

13. Ibid

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

15. Ibid

16. Ibid


PRINCIPALS:

Jonathan Poole
Compton Cassey House, Nr Withington,
Cheltenham,
Gloucestersire GL54 4DE
01242 890224
jonathanpoole@comptoncassey.demon.co.uk
www.jonathanpoole.co.uk

Rudy Siegel
Larry Schwartz
Legacy Fine Arts & Productions
330 Clematis St.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 651-1156

Pacific Edge Gallery
540 Pacific Coast Highway #112
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949.494.0491
800.477.5630
inquiries@pacificedgegallery.com

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi,i bought a lithograph of the hug,it was in a black frame,24"by 36" approx,it was in an auction of airport lost and found goods,this was in 2003,i pressumed it was produced in 1988 by the john lennon organization.It was one of 300.I sold it at cooper owen auction,london,uk,for about 140.00 pounds.How can it suddenly be worth thosands of dollars!Cooper owen and myself are very honest,don't get duped!Martin Williams,uk

8:26 PM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Gary Arseneau said...

August 5, 2009

Dear Mr. Williams:

The dead don't lithograph.

John Lennon (d 1980), in 1988, was still dead.

Lithographs are original works of visual art "wholly executed by hand by the artist" and "excludes all mechanical and photomechanical processes."

As for the auction house, maybe they are not connoisseurs but that would be an explanation, not an excuse.

Respectfully,

Gary Arseneau

10:01 PM, August 05, 2009  

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