CAN YOU PICK
A REAL WARHOL FROM A FAKE?
Stay the night and get involved in one of the most intriguing questions that's dominated art through the ages: can you pick the real thing from a fake?
We're giving you the chance to pick an original Warhol from a line up of fakes created by the 'world’s greatest living art forger', Tony Tetro. If you pick the original you could win your own original Warhol (valued at $20,000) If you get it wrong don't worry, you'll go in the running to win a signed print from our namesakes Adam Cullen or John Olsen worth up to $1500. You have to stay to play, and discover 'Which Warhol's Warhols'?
HOW IT WORKS
Ten ‘Warhol’s’ will hang at Art Series Hotels between 15 May and 3 Aug, but only one of them is real. Book a stay at The Cullen, The Olsen or The Blackman, and while you’re there you’ll get the opportunity to guess which is the original. The winner is the person who not only correctly identifies the original, but who gives us the most interesting reason for their choice.
Tetro fakes will be revealed weekly and those who had mistaken it for the real McCoy but had best tickled our interest with creative and insightful rationale, will take home an Art Series signed Cullen or Olsen print.
Renowned 60’s Pop artist, Andy Warhol, is one of the world’s most forged artists. This is possibly due to the contemporary nature of his work, its mass appeal, his repetitive silkscreen technique and the difficulty in authentication due to the Warhol "factory" approach to production.
Hanging in the Art Series Hotels is one Andy Warhol original and nine Warhol replicas by Tony Tetro.
'THE WORLD'S GREATEST LIVING ART FORGER'
Based in the United States, Tetro calls himself ‘the world’s greatest living art forger’ with a career that some may describe as 'salacious' or 'colourful'. He is the only American artist with a court order mandating he clearly stamps fake and signs his name to the back of every work he creates.
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Tetro forged works by old and contemporary masters across all genres - from Chagall to Rembrandt to Dali to Rothko and has even forged a Ferrari.
In the 70’s and 80’s art dealers regularly passed off Tetro’s works as legitimate in museums, galleries, and auction houses around the world.
Prior to his arrest and subsequent 1989 ‘show trial’, Tony was often mistaken as a drug dealer due to his penchant for luxury cars, his lavish condos and mysterious occupation.
Tony was released from jail in 1994 and has since been expunged of all charges.
HOW TO PICK A FAKE: THE REAL DANGERS OF FORGERY
It’s estimated that more than 15% of all paintings sold in the world are fakes, and the namesake artists at Art Series Hotels are not immune. With this in mind, we hosted a forum on art forgery on Tuesday May 15th with Tony and other industry speakers.
We consider art forgery a serious crime, and an issue often swept under the carpet. We are hoping this project stimulates discussion around art forgery and its impact. What does it mean for the industry, what's the impact on the artists, how can you pick a fake from a real, what value do we actually place on art?
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Which Warhol competition terms and conditions.