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Who on Earth Was Pietro Psaier?

By August 10, 2008

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Ever experience one of those incidents where you've never, ever seen or heard of someone before in your life, then suddenly run across him or her three times in a row? Here's where I must introduce you all to Pietro Psaier. Or, rather, I would introduce Pietro, except he's supposedly dead and I'm not exactly sure what he did while he was alive. Maybe you can help me.

See, "Pietro Psaier" keeps hitting my radar, and every time it's in conjunction with Andy Warhol. In fact, I keep reading the same press release, almost verbatim, from multiple sources.

What, in part, the press release says about Pietro Psaier:
  • He was born in 1936. Although, in a different iteration of the press release and many auction lot results online, he was born in 1939.
  • "Whilst working as a waiter in the Greenwich Village Gaslight Café in 1964 he met Andy Warhol and an extraordinary bisexual relationship blossomed between the two." (Me: All right, I confess old hetero lady ignorance. How do two men share a 'bisexual relationship?')
  • "Warhol nicknamed him 'Peter the Italian' and their relationship continued on and off until the late 1960's.
  • "In 1974 Psaier became the second youngest artist to be awarded the ‘Italian-American Institute of Art' 56th Annual Award, in New York, a prize given for inspiration to artistic Peers."
  • "In 1978 Psaier and Warhol eventually reunited for a joint exhibition at Gallerie D. Brussels."
  • "In September 2004, Pietro Psaier was asked by Our Lady of Malibu Church, high above the Malibu coastline to exhibit his highly acclaimed series The Passion of the Christ."
  • "As a result of the Indian Ocean earthquake which struck on December 26th 2004 and the Tsunami which followed, Pietro Psaier's remote beach house on the coast of Sri Lanka was swept away and his body was never found."
  • Me: And lots of other statements and names.
What I've been able to verify about Pietro Psaier:
    (*crickets*)
Seriously. I can't verify anything about this person. The artists he supposedly worked with, namely Andy Warhol, Rick Griffin and Jean-Michel Basquiat, are all dead. Most of the celebrity clients he supposedly sold to (Keith Moon, Oliver Reed, Anna Nicole Smith, etc.) are also dead. Quite a few members of The Factory crowd are dead as well.

I can't find record of a prize named the "Italian-American Institute of Art Annual Award," let alone its 56th recipient. The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College in New York has not responded to my email inquiry. Neither has Our Lady of Malibu responded--probably because, in both cases, it sounds like a raving nut job (meaning: me) wrote the emails. There doesn't seem to be or have been a "Gallerie D. Brussels" anywhere on the face of the earth, nor did any of Andy Warhol's 1978 exhibitions take place in a venue containing the word "Brussels." And, honestly, swept away by the catastrophic 2004 tsunami? Surely there is a legal notice--somewhere--declaring Pietro Psaier officially dead?

In sum, the only things I can tell you definitively about Pietro Psaier are that this mystery man's work is up at auction on September 17, 2008, a documentary about his life is in pre-production and his Wikipedia entry has been taken down.

What I want to know is this: are the works at auction from, and the documentary about a real person who did everything the press release claims he did? Again, can anyone help me suss out the documented truth behind Pietro Psaier? Please answer in the comments, and leave any applicable sources, if possible, so interested parties can check them. Thanks.

UPDATE September 3, 2009. Please feel free to check out the comments (below) that have accumulated over the past year and then/or instead read the latest developments.

Related Reading: Image credit:

"Pietro Psaier & Andy Warhol in the studio"
Undated image courtesy of John Nicholson Auctioneers

Comments

August 11, 2008 at 6:12 am
(1) Martin says:

Good luck, I have some one had a pic on ebay http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170247304624&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:GB:1123
with a award on it from the LA Art show 2008!, but if you look at the show catalogue there is no listing

August 11, 2008 at 9:22 pm
(2) Shelley says:

Thanks very much; I think luck is certainly indicated here.

Following that link, I see this message: “The seller ended this listing early because of an error in the listing.” Hmmmm… you know, I have no investment in this whole business, other than an emotional one–I really dislike the thought of buyers paying a premium for a connection that cannot, as of yet, be verified.

August 12, 2008 at 12:58 pm
(3) Gary says:

Thank you for your nice comment about my site. I’ve put together a ‘Psaier’ chronology on my site – a list of alleged events, actual events, exhibitions and sales relating to the whole Psaier saga. (It’s even more bizarre than I thought it was!) It can be accessed from the main page of my site or directly at: http://www.warholstars.org/pietropsaier.html.

best, gary

August 12, 2008 at 1:25 pm
(4) Shelley says:

Your detailed chronology represents a phenomenal amount of research, Gary; I can only guess how many hours it must have taken to compile (and would probably still come up short). I’ve edited in the new link, above.

Please keep in touch, and I will do the same if anyone or -thing presenting proof pops up. (P.S. I now feel a little awkward about emails sent to the staff at Our Lady of Malibu. I hadn’t known we were both asking…!)

August 12, 2008 at 3:18 pm
(5) Gary says:

Lol re; the church in malibu. I thought that as well when I read your comment. I had sent them an email in late July when the whole thing started – before the Wiki page was taken off – so probably your email was a bit later than that. I wouldn’t worry about it. Who knows – maybe they will even respond eventually. I might even try to contact Michael Caine’s agent to see if he did commission any work by “Psaier” as has been alleged. I really want to get to the bottom of it all. best, gary.

August 14, 2008 at 4:23 pm
(6) NS Gill says:

I am so looking forward to the mystery novel based on this.

August 14, 2008 at 6:32 pm
(7) Gooders says:

you will love this!

3 Pietro Psaiers??? Don’t believe me check out this link…

http://web.archive.org/web/20041018233904/studiopsaier.com/about.htm

I did a web archive on the old studiopsaier.com website (the official Pietro Psaier website). Seems like Pietro Psaier was Grand father, son and grand son! it appears the middle Psaier had a link to Warhol and he retired in in 1989. ‘Peter’ continued with his fathers work which could explain all the recent additions.

Interestingly this site was updated in Feb 2005, no mention of a Psaier death in 2004.

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.StudioPsaier.com

I have a few Psaiers and I love them, I was originally a believer in Pietro Psaier and his work but even now I am getting very suspicious.

Paul

August 15, 2008 at 2:49 pm
(8) kyri says:

i have some works of psaier,and i love them too i think they look great but i dont think he existed.what i dont understand is how the works were being sold at christies 10 years ago?has this scam been going on for that long.i also have probate certificates from the state of callifornia for psaier are these fakes?can anyone find out if their was a probate for pietro psaier in callifornia.they look real to me.

August 16, 2008 at 4:31 pm
(9) MM says:

What happened to all the other comments?

August 16, 2008 at 5:06 pm
(10) Shelley says:

MM, I removed them at the request of the poster.

August 18, 2008 at 10:34 am
(11) SK says:

I’m a bit concerned about the “poster” who requested his comments be taken off. Could he leave a message to say he is okay?

August 19, 2008 at 5:12 am
(12) MM says:

I have just received my copy of Antiques Trade Gazette-interesting article regarding the artist. Here is the link: http://www.antiquestradegazette.com/

August 19, 2008 at 7:50 am
(13) herb says:

I believe that sharing a bisexual relationship would have to mean they were both having sex with the same female partner. That’s the only thing I can make of it.

August 19, 2008 at 10:02 am
(14) andy says:

i hope no-one discovers my Constable collaborations are a bit iffy!!!

August 19, 2008 at 6:55 pm
(15) jibigjim63@my says:

personaly i think you are all playing for the same team (the warhol foundation)and have a hidden agenda !!!

August 19, 2008 at 8:16 pm
(16) Shelley says:

Gee jibigjim63@my, that’s an intriguing conspiracy theory. What would the “hidden” part be, in your completely anonymous opinion?

Let’s back up the truck, Sport. No one here is disputing that the paintings are real, or were painted by a human being. I personally like some of the Psaier paintings. The entire crux of the matter here, for me, is this: do the paintings have a verifiable connection to Andy Warhol?

If they don’t, no one should be paying even a modest premium based on that connection. Period.

I have been told by a woman (who, to her immense credit, was unafraid to use her real name) that proof is forthcoming. I look forward eagerly to seeing it for myself and sharing it here.

Meanwhile, I could not care less what the Warhol Foundation, sellers of Psaiers or anonymous posters such as yourself believe my motives are for asking a legitimate question. Bottom line, I’m here because I think everyone benefits from having visual art in his or her life. If I think buyers might be taken advantage of, I’m going to ask questions and urge caution. That’s the full extent of my “agenda.”

August 20, 2008 at 4:02 am
(17) The Idle Hat says:

Loved the article that appeared in the Antiques Trade Gazette – especially the bit where the writer points out that the photo of Psaier attributed to 1993 appeared in a newspaper in 1990 (lol). Was that the photo that is reproduced? He looks younger in that photo than he does on the photo with Warhol that the auctioneer has on his website. If the photo in the Antiques magazine is from 1990 or 1993 Psaier must have been a toddler during his 60s Warhol days. (http://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/6822.aspx)

Also interesting to note that the person working on the catalogue raisonne is the same person who is listed as “Producer” of the Psaier film (psifilms.com).

Catalogue Raisonnes are usually published by a reputable art publisher. The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonne was published by Phaidon. I wonder who is publishing the Psaier catalogue raisonne? Must be a lot of work. So many of the paintings are undated.

Has anyone ever offered an explanation as to why there is no birth certificate for Psaier?

August 20, 2008 at 2:12 pm
(18) kyri. says:

i have 12 works by psaier and every single one is dated on the back with certificates.most of them also have lables of where they were displayed and who commissioned them.the acrylic on canvases i have are stunning and worth everypenny i paid for them,warhol link or not.i am not a dealer i just love art and i have no intention of selling them.i myself am not 100%certain psaier existed but alot of people i have spoken to are certain that he did.today an auctionear not related to nicholsons told me “that nicholsons are loveing it”they couldnt buy all this publicity and that they have got proofe beyond any doubt and will proove the conection between warhol and psaier.we will all have to wait and see.i like shelley and gary from warholstars just want to know the truth.

August 22, 2008 at 5:55 am
(19) Gary says:

I have just seen a different blurb about Pietro Psaier on another antiques site. On that site it says, “As the value of Psaier’s works increases, the world of art is expecting to see another steep increase in the price of his work when he is sadly declared officially dead in 2011.” (http://andantiques.bttradespace.com/ViewPost.aspx?ID=1)

Can somebody please clarify this? Is “Pietro Psaier” supposed to be “missing” or “dead?” I can understand the 2011 date in a way because if he was reported missing in 2004, then at least in the states you have to wait 7 years before someone can be declared “dead” – although I’m not sure if this policy applies to victims of the tsunami. Also, I’m not sure if the rule is the same in Italy and presumably Pietro, having been born in Italy, was an Italian citizen. Also, can assets from a person’s “estate” be sold if they have not been declared dead? Any ideas on this would be helpful.

More importantly: In the Antiques magazine article they refer to my website as “warholstars.” I have to stress that my site is warholstars.org. The .org bit is important because another site, not owned by me, is registered as warholstars.com. When I first started warholstars in about 2002 I registered both warholstars.org and warholstars.com. However, as I was only hosting the site on warholstars.org I let the .com address expire. Somebody has now registered the .com address and is using it for an ad site of some sort. To make matters worse I’ve just noticed that they have added a heading for “Pietro Psaier.”

So, I have to stress that my site is warholstars.org and I have nothing to do with that other site. My site is a personal non-commercial site. I do not accept ads. That other site is registered to somebody in Dubai.

thanks.

gary
http://www.warholstars.org

August 25, 2008 at 7:47 pm
(20) fernan;ifi;do chaves says:

i have a painting p.psaier title lola flores]lola’s wedding with certificate studio psaier los angeles california.exhibited at toropo galieria serrano madrid 1990and la noche de lola flores joy sherry.is about the lola’s wedding with antonio flores hijo and ibuyed inbrasil in 1999 because i thought seemed with warhol how do you explain this

August 29, 2008 at 4:40 pm
(21) hamish says:

I read on the warholstars site that uri geller had refuted the claim made by john nicholson that he uri geller had met pietro psaier in new york. I have been informed by a reliable source that mr geller has now apologised to mr nicholson for the misunderstanding and now confirms that he knew pietro psaier!!!

August 30, 2008 at 8:39 pm
(22) hamish says:

having read the above mentioned statement concerning the passions of christ series exhibition wich certain persons have claimed was a fictitious event,I took trouble to find the orginiser of this non event,a certain mr jack corrodi.I was informed by him that the reason the exhibition did not go ahead was that due to a error with the publicity monsignor sheraden of our lady of malibu decided to cancel the event! the panels of the passions of christ were later sold to susan burton the widow of richard burton. now if I could go to the trouble of ringing a few people out of curiosity surely the people who are are making these unfounded charges can….

August 30, 2008 at 8:50 pm
(23) Shelley says:

Hamish, your IP address looks strangely familiar to me. If you have something worthwhile to share, please email me with verifiable names, emails and phone numbers that I can check for myself. If this proves impossible, I’d ask you to go hold your monologue in someone else’s “living room.”

Thank you, either way.

September 1, 2008 at 2:13 pm
(24) kyri says:

i emailed uri gellar yesterday to ask about psaier[gellar has his own website with a contact address]to his credit he emailed me back today.he said that “he didnt want to talk about warhol”it was gellar that replyed because i mentioned someone that knows him personaly who i also know and he said that he had fallen out with this person.maybe someone else coulde give it a try,they might have beter luck.i did email again today asking specificaly about psaier,so i will keep you all posted.

September 16, 2008 at 6:55 am
(25) Kevin Ivers says:

On it’s face, it appears to be a very elaborate fraud that gained traction simply because nobody ever challenged it. Remember the famous case of “Sidney Poiter’s son” in Manhattan? He even managed to appear in Warhol’s life, briefly, according to the Diaries. But this Psaier person appears to have done the same, only posthumously so nobody could rat him out. Just my impression.

September 16, 2008 at 6:14 pm
(26) Kevin Ivers says:

Shelley:

One other thought. You might get in touch with Pat Hackett and/or Bob Colacello. They entered into the Factory world around the same time – at the end of the 60s/early 70s. Hackett and Colacello knew every detail of Warhol’s personal movements from day to day – who he saw, what he did, who he worked with, in some cases down to how many dollars and cents he spent on a given day. They personally knew all his art world contacts far and wide during the time they worked for him. They have no stake in art sales today, so whatever conspiracy theories regarding the Warhol Foundation can’t be attached to them. If they corroborate what Vincent Fremont has already said about Psiaer, I think you can safely conclude that this has been a huge hoax.

September 17, 2008 at 9:56 am
(27) gooders says:
September 17, 2008 at 10:00 am
(28) gooders says:

just had a look at the Nicolson’s catalogue for next weeks sale, this stuff is no way near as good as the old stuff, really amateaurish cartoons and charactures, shame i really liked the old stuff whether he existed or not.

September 17, 2008 at 11:14 am
(29) hamish says:

have just received nicholson,catalogue,I think the pieces shown are fantastic.from what i have read in the telegraph and also the antique traders gazette I personaly think that the evidence is begining to show that pietro psaier is a bone fide artist. i think that it is a disgrace the way mr nicholson has been treated by certain persons,he has been made out to be charlatan one day and boob the next!

September 18, 2008 at 8:18 am
(30) Gooders says:

personally i still believe its a hoax but i do believe your auction house is a innocent party in all of this, (i’m guessing by your comments you work for nicholsons). but sorry disagree over the quality of the auction lots. the earlier stuff was really good pop-art which is why i bought it, this stuff looks likes GCSE art class, no offence just my opinion.

September 18, 2008 at 2:55 pm
(31) kyri says:

uri gellar is playing a cat and mouse game with me and wont give me a streight answer if he knew psaier or not.i wasnt sure at first but i do believe psaier did exist,but if you read the comments of the doctor that knew psaier in the expres newspaper he says that the link to warhol has been blown out of all proportion,but even he states that psaier knew warhol.as for the nicholsons sale i agree with godders that they are not as good as the previous sales although the marylin/picaso arcrylics are nice.maybe nicholsons is telling the truth and the works are running out and the worst are hitting the market now.as i said before i have probate certificates from the state of callifornia for the psaier estate so the american goverment seem to think he existed.he must have paid taxes ect.the probate no. is 2914373,surely someone in the states can find out for us if they are real or fakes.

September 25, 2008 at 2:18 am
(32) John Loony says:

I am a bit surprised that the Wikipedi aentry on pietro psaier has simply been deleted. It should have been moved to the section on hoaxes or fictional people (?).

September 25, 2008 at 9:17 am
(33) Gooders says:

I think I got the PIETRO PSAIER anagram “POP ART SERIE 1″ serie being the italian for series, what do you think?

October 1, 2008 at 3:17 pm
(34) kyri says:

nicholsons sale was a big success.it seems all the bad/good publicity didnt do the sale any harm at all.the collectors are still buying these works[one went for £10,000]their is alot of people out their who beleive psaier existed,if nicholsons prooves beyond doubt a warhol link the prices will only go up.i attended a sale in north london on monday 29 sep and a small psaier estimate
£100-150 went for £550+20%com with 3 people fighting for it.last year i was buying simmilar pieces for £50.as i said befor i like these psaiers as works of art in their own right weather he worked with warhol or not.

December 27, 2008 at 9:41 am
(35) The Angry Hat says:

Whatever happened to the Pietro Psaier catalogue raisonne that the auctioneer promised he was producing prior to his auction? Any news of a birth or death certificate for this “artist”? The work that was sold for £10,000 went to Peter Barham who previously put on a sale of Psaier’s works with the auctioneer in March 2008.

December 28, 2008 at 5:18 am
(36) MM says:

What has happened to the new website: pietropsaierartist.com ? This showed the ‘proof’ of existence with statements from Psaier’s Son and his Doctor. I have emailed Nicholson and J Chapman-neither have replied! It has all gone very quiet at the moment. I have 5 Psaier pictures and would like to see more information as was promised.

December 28, 2008 at 2:00 pm
(37) Shelley says:

Angry Hat,

I, too, asked about any sort of legal document during my last communication with the researcher. I thought, at the time, that I (along with every other interested party) would be notified when proof was produced.

MM,

A website was created, then? Ah, obviously I misunderstood about being kept in the proof loop. I’m getting “403: Forbidden” errors at pietropsaierartist.com. Wish I had known about it while the site was functional.

December 29, 2008 at 2:59 pm
(38) kyri says:

i dont think that anyone paid £10,000for a psaier,i think it was just a ploy by nicholsons and some dealers to get alot of publicity with people saying wow if he is paying £10,000 for a psaier they must be something in the story.i think that they are creating an inflated market for them.i own a few myself but i certainly wont buy anymore[no room to hang them anyway to be ohnest]their so big,but it has gone very quiet and the website has gone but to anyone who has bought a psaier,i hope you bought it for the right reason ie;because you liked it i myself have many paintings and i wouldnt buy if it was not going on my wall.i woulde not be telling the truth to say that i woulde prefer them to at least hold their price but as an investment…no..i dont agree with people like sachi buying great works and locking them up in a warehouse.i think the people who bouhgt psaiers as an investment coulde end up whishing they hadnt.lets just wait and see what develops from chapman and the rest.at the end of the day some of the pieces are great pop art whoever produced them.

December 30, 2008 at 12:55 pm
(39) MM says:

The website: http://www.pietropsaierartist.com is up and running again. The problem was simply a technical one. I find the site very interesting and informative.

December 31, 2008 at 12:56 am
(40) Gary Comenas says:

Thank you for the link to the new Psaier site, M.M. I was astonished to see that so much of the site is devoted to attacking me rather than sticking to the facts. I feel inclined to comment on some of the points raised on the site in regard to myself and my website (http://warholstars.org).

1. In the “interview” section of the Psaier website (which, by the way does not contain any actual interviews) it notes that “Mark Wribrican of the Warhol Authentication Board” didn’t request the removal of the Wiki article on Psaier.

First, the person the website is referring to is Matt Wrbican, not Mark Wribrican and he doesn’t work for the Authentication Board. He is the chief archivist for the Warhol Museum. Here is what he said about Psaier on Wiki – his comment appears at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki?title=Talk:Andy_Warhol:

“Another troubling matter is the reference to Pietro Psaier. As custodian of Warhol’s archives, I can state unequivocally that I have never seen any reference to this person in them. It’s my belief that his alleged friendship/collaboration is a complete sham and hoax, and I would really love to have that belief shattered with indisputable hard evidence.”

2. In the same “interview” section of the Psaier site, it claims in regard to myself and my site that “We have even received an email from KC Maurer of the Warhol Foundation stating that Foundation had never heard of the author of the original allegations posted on Wikipedia and his own website dedicated to Warhol, and that he did not speak on their behalf. “

I have never claimed to speak on behalf of the Warhol Foundation. That is exactly my point. I have stressed that I am a disinterested third party. I do not have any ulterior motive for trying to find out the truth about Psaier. I do not own any Psaiers and do not have any connection to the Foundation, the Museum, the Authentication Board or any other entity. However, both my site and myself are footnoted as a reference in the Andy Warhol catalogue raisonnee which is published by the Foundation, so they are aware of me. My Screen Tests article was also printed in a Dia Foundation exhibition publication which accompanied the exhibition “Dia’s Andy: May 2005 – April 2006.” I have never had any dealings with a “KC Mauer” but, believe me, the Foundation is aware of my website – I have had dealings with them in the past.

In regard to KC Mauer’s email, what else did he say about Psaier? Did he claim that Warhol and Psaier worked together or did he say that there is no record of such?

3. The Psaier website has a statement from Pietro’s son, Peter, in the notarized statements section. The same section has a notarized statement from an unidentified art dealer and agent. As the art dealer does not identify himself there is no way to check his statement. Who is he?

In regard to the son’s statement, he acknowledges that “In regards to the ongoing factory connections I suggest Dr. Langelaan Alvarez may be in a position to help as I was not party to any of this era. Family members have been quizzed in the past, but they also know very little to the aspect of his life in New York.”

In other words even the son admits that the family knew “very little” about Psaier’s claimed link to Warhol.

4. The website seems to offer only one principal piece of “evidence” – alleged comments made by Psaier’s psychiatrist. I say “alleged” because the “interview” with him published on the site is paraphrased. His direct quotes are not quoted. I am surprised that the psychiatrist seems to have thrown patient confidentiality out of the window but in any case, what we have on that site is somebody saying what the psychiatrist told them that Psaier told him. This is usually called “hearsay.”

The fact remains that the auctioneer has never produced anyone who knew or worked for Warhol who has any recollection of Psaier. I have asked just about everyone who is still alive who worked with Warhol whether they remember Psaier and nobody does. I also recently moderated a panel discussion with three of Warhol’s superstars at the South Bank Centre in conjunction with the Hayward Gallery’s current Warhol exhibition and none of them recalled Psaier. All that the auctioneer would need to do is to produce one person who knew/worked closely with Warhol who remembered Psaier, but they have yet to do this.

The auctioneer and/or his representative still has not produced a birth or death certificate for the artist. However, I stress that in regard to my own involvement, I am interested only in proving or disproving the claims that Psaier worked with Warhol. Psaier may have been one of the thousands of people who at some stage met Warhol, but so far nobody has produced anyone who knew/worked with Warhol who was aware of Psaier and no collaborative works have been authenticated by the Authentication Board.

I eagerly await the promised catalogue raisonnee on Psaier. Perhaps it will shed some light on the matter. Does anyone know how much longer it will be before it is produced? Or who the publisher is?

Gary Comenas
http://www.warholstars.org

January 1, 2009 at 3:44 pm
(41) kyri says:

i must agree with gary on all this.i have spoken to him in emails and he has no axe to grind,he is just a huge warhol fan who runs his non profit making site for the love of the man alone.although i woulde personaly love the link between warhol and psaier to be prooved we have to stick to the facts and their still is no 100% proof that psaier even existed never mind worked with warhol.it woulde be nice to know the truth[espeacialy since i own 8 of these works] but in the meantime i will still love them for what they are,for me beutifull works of art warhol link or not.but the supposed link to warhol is behind most of the sales and all the ephemera i have promoting psaier streses the warhol link as if psaier was the main artist behind the whole factory and that is just not true.

January 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm
(42) Shelley says:

Kyri,

I am in complete agreement. Gary’s research on Andy Warhol is both sterling and always independently verifiable. He has been cited as a Warhol authority numerous times. What is also independently verifiable is that he has no connection to the Warhol Foundation, the Warhol Museum or the Warhol Authentication Board.

I find it absolutely incredible that the pietropsaierartist.com site has devoted so much bandwidth to its attempt to tarnish Gary’s name and reputation. That bandwidth would have been much better spent providing actual proof of the Warhol connection to Psaier buyers, past, present or future.

Gary has been totally transparent about his motives in questioning the Warhol-Psaier link–as, I hope, have I. The important part for me (and for Gary, if I may presume to speak for him just once) was always this: buyers have sometimes paid a premium on the basis of that link. If the claims that Warhol and Psaier worked closely together–within the Factory, without or, for all I care at this point, on Mars–cannot be backed with proof, then no one should have paid extra for a Psaier.

I am happy for those who bought Psaiers on the basis of loving them. In my modest opinion, that is the only reason anyone should ever buy a work of art.

However, this sentiment is of no help to the people who continue to email me, saying they bought Psaiers either partly or in full because he was supposedly a close associate of Andy Warhol’s. Were they duped, they ask? Regrettably, I have no answers for them.

January 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm
(43) kyri says:

shelley,i know of two people,close friends of mine who have bought psaiers purely on the warhol link and the hype that surounded them at the time[one of them collects bronzes and dosent even like the piece he bought]they were bought purely as investments and they are begining to think they made a misstake..as i said before the ephemera that comes with these works is very convincing,big banner headlines ” warhol and psaier”.i even have a probate certificate with one of mine and i dont even know if it is genuine or not.if you look at the spring edition of art in london,”the artist behind andy warhol”you almost feel sorry for psaier as the article leads you to believe that psaier was somehow connend and used by warhol and had his ideas stolen by him.not one person who was in the factory has come foward to say they knew psaier.to me it is a great mystery,dont forget psaiers works have been selling for decades and at world famous auction houses[christies ect]he may have existed and he might have known warhol but their has to be more proof than has been offered so far.i am sure that alot of people are buying these works because of the link to warhol and nothing else.it is only faire for the people who promote these “links”between warhol and psaier to proove their case and lay off people like gary who just want to get to the bottom of all this.

March 11, 2009 at 4:48 am
(44) MM says:

Everything seems to have gone very quiet at the moment, there were not even any Psaier works in the last Nicholson sale. There is also no more mention of the catalogue he was supposed to be publishing. A while ago on ebay there was an auction catalogue from Bonhams Chelsea, I think the catalogue was dated 1995, with quite a few Psaier works for sale. I did not manage to buy the catalogue unfortunately. Has anyone any fresh news about Psaier?

March 11, 2009 at 1:42 pm
(45) kyri says:

southgate auctions in north london are selling 3-4 psaier works every week,and criterian auctions in islington had a few for sale on monday 9th march,they both have a website.their still selling although nicholsons have gone a bit quite.

May 6, 2009 at 6:44 pm
(46) hamish says:

have been told by a friend that lived in madrid that psaier had a studio next to the sofia museum in madrid, he said that he became quite friendly with him and he had told him about his time in new york. my friend was told by psaier that he was introduced to warhol and the factory scene by his friend one (one of the factory set) he mainly delt with fred hughes (who he said owed him money for work that he had completed!) my friend told me that Pietro was not known as peter the italian but sammy the italian.pietro also told him that there had been trouble due to hughes ripping him off and he had ran into the factory and threatened to shoot warhol amongst others if he was not paid. not long after this incident pietro aka sammy the italian was committed to bellview hospital.confirmation of these facts are in the life & death of andy warhol by victor bocris (page 282 )

May 12, 2009 at 5:51 am
(47) Gary says:

Many thanks for that Hamish. If Pietro Psaier was “Sammy the Italian” you have just proven that Psaier was not an integral part of Warhol’s Factory as has been previously claimed.

In the Bockris book “Sammy the Italian” is described as “a friend of Ondine’s whom nobody else at the factory knew.” (p. 282) Bockris’ account is largely based on the description of the event that appears in Popism: The Warhol Sixties by Andy Warhol & Pat Hackett (p. 242). In Popism, Warhol (via Pat Hackett) says “the grate to the elevator opened and a guy came in with a gun.” Throughout the description Warhol refers to the intruder as a stranger rather than as someone he knew. It’s clear from both descriptions that the person who attempted to rob them was not someone who was particularly close to Warhol or had collaborated with him – as has been claimed previously.

Gary

May 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm
(48) hamish says:

i am not trying to prove that psaier was or was not an integral part of warhol,s factory. I think that most people are now accepting that he did exist and was an extreamly talented artist.to return to the subject of the factory I think that the evidence shows that he definately had dealings at some level with some of the main players at the factory eg. ondine and fred hughes although he was very insistant that he had a personal connection with warhol on a artistic level and also a personal level.

May 13, 2009 at 1:26 am
(49) Shelley says:

Hamish, I’m not arguing with you, or saying your friend got it wrong, but I am not one of the people who are now accepting that Pietro Psaier existed. Whether this person went by Peter the Italian or Sammy the Italian, there is no legal documentation supporting this man’s very existence, let alone documentation supporting a claim that he was an integral part of Andy Warhol’s studio.

That’s the whole crux of the matter for me, at least: many people bought Psaiers solely because of the supposed Warhol connection.

All we’ve gotten in the past nine months are excerpts from alleged affidavits, and a steaming load of “burden of proof” on (1) buyers and (2) anyone who dares asks why Pietro Psaier left no legal records of any kind. I’ll tell you this, if I could simply write to the Los Angeles County Clerk and get some sort of notarized document that Pietro Psaier, at some point, actually lived in Malibu, I would happily share it with the world.

May 18, 2009 at 11:57 am
(50) Ruth says:

Hi,
I saw a Psaier painting in Buxton Derbyshire wknd just gone, large picture with glitter and a sexy 60′s girl bursting from a coke bottle, price tag £1850 is this premium because of the casual link to Warhol? Is it a good investment for the future, im guessing ART is ART and i love it but i don’t want to pay premium if a link is casual and the painting is worth considerably less. Sorry for my rambling please reply ASAP!!!! I have some details on the artisit that the dealer gave me if you send me your email I can scan them over to you. Many thanks Ruth.

May 18, 2009 at 2:42 pm
(51) kyri says:

ruth,you can buy a simmilar psaier at southgate auctions in london for less than £400,dont spend£1800 on one,you woulde be wasting your money.every week for the past year their has been psaier works for sale at this auction house.their seems to be a neverending supply.they sell for £3-400 than after a few days i see them on ebay for thousands,southgate auctions are in north london and they have a website.£1800 is extortianate.the link to warhol is still not prooved and i have been following this for two years

May 22, 2009 at 4:45 am
(52) Lan says:

I see that John Nicholson had another auction of lots of Pietro Psaiers on wednesday- does anyone know how it went?

June 8, 2009 at 2:25 pm
(53) kyri says:

their is an intresting article about psaier in the antique trade gazette,on their website the plot thickens,as i said before he may have existed,and it seems like he did but the link to warhol is all hearsay

June 8, 2009 at 10:50 pm
(54) Gary says:

The article states that “The new evidence flies in the face of denials that any artist by the name of Psaier ever existed or was ever part of the Factory or known to be involved with Warhol. There has never been any direct dispute between Mr Nicholson and either the Warhol Foundation or the Warhol Museum on the issue, although third parties have quoted the latter as saying they scoured Warhol’s extensive records for a connection with anyone called Psaier and found nothing.”

Yet it does not quote a single person from the Foundation or the Museum who asserts that there was any relationship between Psaier and Warhol. Did the journalist ask the Warhol entities for a comment? Why did they fail to produce one?

What people seem to be forgetting in all of this is that even if Psaier knew Warhol, however fleetingly, it would not have a bearing on the value of his work. There are plenty of “artists” out there who knew Warhol but whether someone knew Andy Warhol or not is irrelevant in regard to the prices they get for their own work. If it could be proven that Warhol and Psaier collaborated on a work then that might have some relevance but as no collaborations have ever been submitted to the Authentication Board, there is no evidence that any true collaborations exist. What we do have, however, is a statement about Psaier from Matt Wrbican, the Chief Archivist of the Warhol Museum. Wrbican states, “Another troubling matter is the reference to Pietro Psaier. As custodian of Warhol’s archives, I can state unequivocally that I have never seen any reference to this person in them. It’s my belief that his alleged friendship/collaboration is a complete sham and hoax, and I would really love to have that belief shattered with indisputable hard evidence.” (The statement can be found at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki?title=Talk:Andy_Warhol) (Scroll down to the section titled “general impressions of this entry.”)

Also, I can’t understand why anyone would buy a Psaier when they could buy works by artists who definitely did know Warhol and did work with him. Mary Woronov, Viva, Louis Waldon were all part of Warhol’s Factory, appeared in his films, and are mentioned extensively in books on the artist – and all are working artists themselves. If you want to buy something based on whether or not the person knew Andy Warhol, you would be much better off in buying something by one of those artists or other people from the Factory who are producing art. But be forewarned – buy something because you like it – because whether an artist knew Warhol or not has never had any effect on the value of a piece.

July 14, 2009 at 4:33 pm
(55) hamish says:

one of my friends visited the pietro psaier foundation exhibition a few weeks ago in madrid.while he was there he had the good fortune to be introduced to a certain dr langalan who was psaiers psychiatrist and friend,when my friend mentioned the controversy concerning psaier and warhol he said that due to the bad will he had received fromcertain people from the warholstars he had to be careful to whom he spoke as he said they were attempting to defame the name and memory of his dear friend and this was extremely distressing for him.on the bright side he was happy that it now appeared that pietros work was now being accepted on its own merit and he was being accepted as a highly talented artist in his own right!

July 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm
(56) kyri says:

hamish,are you nicholson in disguise,everyone of your comments are pro-nicholsons and what they claim.your past comments of a friend said this or that its not good enough.give us some hard evidence not hear say.gary who runs warhollstars is just one guy,not an international crime syndicate were this good doctor is “afraid who he talks to”,in case he is being set up.
i own many psaiers and i love them,but the warholl link is still up in the air as far as i am concerned

July 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm
(57) hamish says:

kiri,I find it hilarious that you have accused me of being nicholson in disguise! in reply to your accusation of me being pro-nicholson in my past comments I can only say that I speak as I find! in fact the same charge can be leveled at your door with regards to gary of warholstars. I would also like to add that I don’t own any psaiers and as such do not have any ulterior motives . ps if I am Nicholson perhaps you are really gary…

July 21, 2009 at 1:51 pm
(58) kyri says:

dear hamish,i do own some psaiers,i have actually spent over £8000 on them[i have 8 at the moment]so though i dont plan on selling any,[i have a big house and they look fantastic on my walls]for my childrens sake i woulde love the link to psaier to be prooved,as it woulde mean more money for them as an inheritance.if you read my posts i was very pro psaier+warhol link and i did email gary at warholstars and we had some disagreements,but gary does his site because he is a big warhol fan[i am definitely not].i dont even like pop art as a whole ,i collect ancient greek art[antiquities]and i only bought my first psaier because it was of peguses[the wingend horse of greek mythology]but after that i was hooked.the problem i have with you hamish is that it is always a friend said this ,or someone said this to my freind…no facts,just hear say im afraid.
kyri.

August 29, 2009 at 11:45 am
(59) kyri says:

as i have said,i own psaiers that have probate certificates with them[see my comment num.31]well i have just been informend by a sunday times journolist,that they are fake.he has spoken with the people who handle these probates in the state of california and they have never heard of psaier.it dosent mean psaier didnt exist,but it prooves that someone is creating a false provanance for them to boost the price.the plot thickens.
kyri

September 1, 2009 at 1:38 am
(60) Gary says:

The latest article from the Sunday Times about Psaier: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/visual_arts/article6814854.ece

The response from the Pietropsaierartist site: http://www.pietropsaierartist.com/press.html

It is not true that I went to Madrid as the response indicates. I’ve never actually never been to Madrid.

Anybody got a birth certificate for this “artist?”

best,

Gary

September 3, 2009 at 12:55 pm
(61) Gary says:

I have responded to the Psaier site referenced above in the form of an “open letter” here: http://warholstars.org/pietropsaier2.html

gary

September 6, 2009 at 12:28 pm
(62) hamish says:

gary have you considered that perhaps it was someone else using your name at dr alarez,s office! this story is getting like the scipt for the maltese falcon ! any way what I would like to know is have you been trying to contact the doctor by phone or e mail and if so to what ends.

September 6, 2009 at 2:33 pm
(63) kyri says:

dear hamish,for once we are in total agreement.the maltese falcone was one of my favourite films as a kid,humphrey bogart was fantastic in it,but as plots and mysterys go this psaier buiseness is in a league of its own.
kyri.

September 7, 2009 at 3:51 pm
(64) hamish says:

dear kyri,I have followed your example and purchased a psaier. I went to the criterion auction rooms in islington to have a look at the collections of psaiers they had for sale. I was totally knocked out by them !!! they are fantastic.forget the controversy over the warhole connection psaier is a super artist in his own right.when I inspected the pieces on offer I understood why you were so attracted to them. I think that due to all the negative press this is a great time to buy as when can you normally get you hands on work of this quality for these prices….

September 8, 2009 at 8:32 am
(65) alan lester says:

GENTLEMEN & ALL,BOTTOM LINE IS THERE IS NOT OR EVER BEEN A PIETRO PSAIER,YOU HAVE ALL BEEN HAD SORRY TO SAY THIS BUT LOOK AT THE WORK ITS SO NEW LIKE ITS COMING OUT OF A SAUAGE FACTORY AND MOST CERTAINLY NOT A WARHOL FACTORY,THOSE WHO BROUGHT THE WORKS BECAUSE THEY LIKE THEM FOR WHAT THEY ARE JOLLY GOOD LUCK TO YOU ENJOY,BUT THOSE WHO BROUGHT TO MAKE A FAST BUCK YOU BEEN HAD ,AND THE ART WORLD SHOULD PUT A STOP TO THIS SCAM//CON NOW BUT THEY WONT.

September 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm
(66) kyri says:

hi alan,im afraid its not as simple as that,all these works are certainly not new.bonhams,christies and many other world famous auction houses were selling these psaiers in the early 90s,thats nearly 20 years ago and i have seen the catalogs to proove it.
now wether psaier existed or not ,to be honest i dont realy know,but the paintings i have are certainly old and not painted yesterday,so if it is a scam its been going on for decades.

hamish,good for you!!some of the works are brilliant i certainly love mine,i have been keeping an eye on criterion and they have had 6-7 psaiers for sale everyweek for the past few months.to be honest hamish,the original art works ie;oils on canvases ect are much beter than the stuff offerd now,ie;the prints ect.alot of the stuff offered now is new,alan is right in that respect,but if you read the lables they are factory aditons and not studio psaire as the earlier works were labled.
as you said hamish they are great works in their own right and people shoulde buy them for the love of art and not because of a fabricated link to warhol.the acrylic on canvases that i have are fantastic,i just sit and look at them on my walls and they give me great pleasure,thats what art is all about for me.i am still waiting for the “proof”that was promised by certain parties and i have been waiting for two years and their are still many unanswerd questions,but in my opinion provanances have been fabricated.anyway,we will have to wait and see.all the best
kyri.

September 16, 2009 at 4:08 pm
(67) hamish says:

hi kyri, I have just had a look at the latest offering from gary on his warholstars site,judging from the amount of well known galleries that have shown his work plus the newspaper articles on him it would seem that for an imaginary artist he is extremely popular and well known in spain and has been for many years.

September 17, 2009 at 3:48 pm
(68) kyri says:

hi hamish,i know you wont like to hear this but i agree with everything gary has to say about psaier on his site.as i have said in the past i woulde love the whole psaier story to be true,but gary deals in facts and the facts especially when relating to warhol sugest this is a scam.
just look at who is involved in the company selling the psaiers.they dont have a good track record and have been convicted for art fraud in the past.as for the dodgy probate certificates,i have one so something fishy is going.
kyri

September 29, 2009 at 8:10 am
(69) Ian says:

I have seen many “Psiaers” at auction and they look like like childish junk cooked up by students to me. Weak pastiches of Warhol’s work, somebody is making a lot of money churning them out through Criterion et al and probably laughing all the way to the bank.

October 3, 2009 at 2:41 pm
(70) kyri says:

ian says “childish junk cooked up by students”my thoughts exactly whenever i see a work by damien hirst or tracey emin,but their works sell for millions,how do they get away with it??.
thank god i am a traditionalist,i woulde rather buy an old master than any of the “art” offered today,although some of the early psaiers were good[i do own a few] in my humble opinion the stuff offered now is not of the same quality.i actually collect antiquities and some of the greek vase painters of 2500 years ago put these “artists”to shame.

October 11, 2009 at 11:14 am
(71) hamish says:

.hi kyri, I have just been e-mailed by fellow admirer of pietro psaiers work and informed that their is a large exhibition of his work on show for 2 weeks at gallery 591 on the kings rd. apparently their is a lot of his early work in the exhibition. the one thing about pietro psaier nobody can argue about is that for a supposed imaginary artist his work certainly gets around ,it also confirms the fact that the art its self is still very popular even after all the adverse publicity and claims of skullduggery by people who do not have clue of what they are talking about and and just seem to have joined the lynch mob.

October 11, 2009 at 12:03 pm
(72) Shelley says:

@hamish

I’m aware that you feel passionately about this issue, but “lynch mob” hardly applies to those asking for Psaier documentation. I personally find this phrase offensive, especially in light of a very real, recent lynching of a U.S. Census worker. Please tone down your rhetoric next time.

October 11, 2009 at 1:31 pm
(73) kyri says:

thanks for the info hamish,i was on the kings road a couple of weeks ago,i was at the lots road auction house buying some antiquities.bob geldoff was thier too,looking at some art works.their was a psaier for sale there a few weeks ago and it went for £450,so people are still buying them.
if the people promoting his works concentrated on the works themselves,instead of this unprooved warhol link than the art coulde be appreaciated for what it is,in my view,good pop art,espeacialy the large acrylics on canvas.i dont even know if psaier existed or not for sure,but his works have been around for decades,its not been cooked up as some people believe overnight.
kyri.

October 14, 2009 at 5:13 pm
(74) Gooders says:

For a dead guy he still churning an unbelievable amount of new work. I think whoever is knocking them out should probably should stop now.

October 20, 2009 at 7:11 am
(75) Lan says:

We have spent over £20,000 on Pietro Psaier paintings and are very happy with the way that they look in our apartment- we would still have bought most of them if there hadn’t been the supposed Warhol link, but the whole scandal is a great talking point when anyone comments on the paintings!!
I do feel that it is time that they stopped churning them out now as I agree that the earlier ones were of a much better standard.
This is a scam on a massive scale that was obviously planned over two decades- I think it would make a great film- oh that reminds me- has anyone heard anything about the Pietro Psaier life story film that Paul Sullivan was supposed to be filming, was this all set up as part of the scam to make it all seem real- I can’t wait to see what happens next!!!

October 20, 2009 at 1:59 pm
(76) kyri says:

hi to all,the stuff being “churned out now” are all fruitewood prints.the ones i have seen have got “factory additions”stickers on them,a company formend only a few years ago.these have nothing to do with the original psaier pieces but are being mass produced,in america by his “son”peter who holds the rights to the works.the supposedly “originals” have a studio psaier stamp.i have not seen any new acrylic or oils on canvases by psaier hitting the market,they have all dried up except for a few that nicholsons have.i have also noticed that these new works ie the fruitewood prints are being labled as after pietro psaier by criterion auctions.i dont care what anyone says the first few batches of paintings were quality,as for these prints,i wouldnt waste my money on them.i have not seen a nice oil or acrylic by psaier for sale for over a year,only these prints.
kyri.

October 20, 2009 at 5:05 pm
(77) Gooders says:

I have been to a few auctions over the past 3 years…

Criterion
Lotts Road
Gaze & sons
Nicolsons

Personally I have seen hundreds and hundreds of artworks for sale. I still cannot believe the volume of the work produced, I’m guessing that it must well into the thousands by now. I’m not an artist, but when do artists stock pile their work to such an extent?

I know this is not a new theory but I believe a Psaier did exist and this is how it goes…

His son (Peter) auctioned a few of the leftovers from his father’s (Psaier) estate, the sale goes really well and makes a nice profit. The son thinks I only wish I could had some more, gets the idea to knock a few more out himself, it’s not really fraud as they have the same name, does them in a ‘Warhol’ style and they sell really well because of the provenance of his father, he can’t believe his luck, this then turns into a full time business for him turning out hundreds of pieces a year, he doesn’t think will get caught as he is over in the US.

I would imagine it’s hard to close down business that is doing so well. Anyway that’s my theory, I’m sure it will all come out eventually, probably a really good documentary on channel 4.

October 21, 2009 at 1:51 pm
(78) kyri says:

hi godders,you coulde be right,although the original works,ie the oils +acrylics do seem to have age to them,the fruitewood prints,well some of them look like they were made yesterday and probably were.
kyri.

December 10, 2009 at 3:34 pm
(79) hamish says:

I have just received news that the sri lankan authorities are issuing a death certificate for pietro psaier at the end of this month.

March 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm
(80) hamish says:

I have just received copy of death certificate issued by sri lankan authorities for pietro psaier plus photos of his workshop and workers with many of his recognisable works in the background…

March 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm
(81) kyri says:

hi hamish,how did you come to get these documents?why shoulde someone send you a copy of his death certificate?is their anyway,or anywere you coulde post these photos on the net so we can see them.
all the best.
kyri.

March 26, 2010 at 5:25 pm
(82) Shelley says:

@kyri: I often wonder about that, too. Hamish seems to have inside information to which the rest of us are not privy, despite repeated requests for such. I also often wonder about IP addresses assigned to comments, which come to my eyes only. Should I put a dot-dot-dot after this and eke out the Psaier mystery as some do? …

; -)

March 27, 2010 at 5:29 pm
(83) kyri. says:

hi shelley,it seems our friend hamish has an ulterior motive on all this,if you read all of hamishes past post ,they are allways pushing the pro psaier theme and i believe hamish is either involved in the distribution or sale of psaiers.hamish is certainly doing a good job of promoting these works.i may be wrong,just this is the impression im getting,so anythig hamish says i take with a pinch of salt.
kyri.

March 29, 2010 at 2:01 am
(84) Gary says:

Hamish,

In the comment you posted on December 10, 2009 you wrote that “the Sri Lankan authorities are issuing a death certificate for Pietro Psaier at the end of this month.” Yet, Psaier’s alleged therapist said in September 2009 that he already had a death certificate. His statement appears at the end of this page: http://pietropsaierartist.com/press.html

If the Sri Lankan authorities did not issue a death certificate until the end of December 2009, where did Psaier’s alleged therapist get his death certificate from?

In any case, the year after the tsunami, the Sri Lankan Supreme Court approved a law which “enables the families or relatives of people whose bodies have not been recovered to obtain death certificates…” (see http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?fsetid=1&click_id=2985&art_id=qw1115124841903B264)

If a death certificate could have been had in 2005, why did they wait until the end of 2009?

If you send me a copy of the death certificate I will be happy to post it on my site so that everyone (including the Sri Lankan authorities) can have a look at it.

Best regards,

Gary Comenas

April 15, 2010 at 4:15 pm
(85) Timothy Williams says:

Basically, being an Art Historian this big fiasco fascinates me. I can find no evidence for the existence of Psaier and I’ve searched long and hard, and for many more years than Jacqueline Chapman. I can however assure you that there was a Gallery D in Brussels and that Warhol did exhibit there in 1977/78. This is confirmed on page 407 of the Victor Bockris biography. In fact, Warhol was accompanied by Paloma Picasso to the opening night. If someone was able to contact Paloma Picasso then we could have confirmation on whether it was a join Psaier exhibition or not (I strongly expect the latter).

It is my belief that this saga was constructed and masterminded by John R. Fairchild (b.1945) from Hampstead, London, who has been forging artworks on a large and extremely technical scale since the 1960s, and was convicted of art fraud at Southwark court in 1992. I also believe that he didn’t/isnt act(ing) alone, and that there may be a person called Pietro Psaier who is/was merely a front for the operation.

May 7, 2010 at 12:21 am
(86) Gary says:

Is there any news on the Psaier catalogue raisonne that the London auctioneer promised his buyers before his 2008 sale in this article: http://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/6822.aspx

July 11, 2010 at 9:59 pm
(87) colin says:

There was a Psaier ,Betty Page, at Chiswick auctions a few years back ,I left a bid but couldnt make it back was
a lovely piece of work signed and stamp :-( a friend
of mine had 4 simular works at same time including
Marylin Monroe ,he sold them for next to nothing
fraud or not these were worth money they were all
at least ten years old ..

July 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm
(88) kyri says:

i still see psaiers for sale from time to time,at criterions auctions in islington and lots road chelsea.colin is right they have been around for many years [bonhams and christies both had psaiers for sale in the 90s]but i still think that sadly it is some kind of scam.
i agree with colin that some of the psaiers are great works of art,i have had art dealer friends of mine say that some of the works are real quality,even a guy from the times who visited my house while doing a story on psaier was suprised by the quality of the works,BUT,when you read what gary on the warhollstars website has to say ,it brings you back to earth with a bang.even nicholsons, a great suporter of this psaier mystery has gone very quiet on the matter.
kyri.

July 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm
(89) kyri says:

what timothy has to say makes alot of sense.
kyri.

July 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm
(90) hamish says:

I see that the arte paso showroom a new and very prestigious art gallery in Madrid is currently showing an exhibition of andy warhol and pietro psaier. at this present time psaier is without doubt one of the most shown and discussed artist on the web his work is also greatly increased in value over the last year which is a bonus for the many collectors of his work.

July 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm
(91) kyri says:

at first the works were rising in price but i dont think that this is the case now.most of the lots i have seen in the last few months have not sold,so i dont know who you are trying to kid hamish.i am sure you know more than what you are revealing hamish,you are allways trying to promote these works but i have not seen any %100 proof that psaier even existed,i own many psaiers because i liked them for what they are but you seem to have an ultereor motive in all this.
kyri.
kyri.

July 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm
(92) kyri says:

hamish,you still have not said how you have come to have a coppy of psaiers death certificate?
also why dont you put those photos you have on line so that we can all see them!
kyri

July 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm
(93) hamish says:

kiri, o ye of little faith dont be so english !!! have patience and all shall be revealed in the fullness of time

July 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(94) kyri says:

i have been waiting over 3 years for a difinitive answer,how long more must we wait?…maybe just as long as it takes to sell the remaining psaiers that these fraudsters still have,..a hamish.you still have not answerd my question as to how you seem to have all this information on psaier and what your role is in all this?
kyri.

July 18, 2010 at 6:40 am
(95) hamis says:

kyri who are the fraudsters you keep mentioning ? you seem to think that psaiers work is part of a massive international art fraud ! personally I believe that it has been blown out of all proportion due to certain individuals carrying out a witch hunt against an art dealer and his daughter0 convicted of a £24000 fraud nearly 2 decades ago which i must mention had nothing to do with any of psaiers work (timothy Williams the art historian and his friend the ex member of the met fraud squad Mr Ellis ) can confirm these facts. also the greatly overstated connection with Warhol (in my opinion ) has only lent fuel to the fire ! but as for the massive art fraud being perpetrated by international con artists it all sounds like a lot of fantasists hog-wash to me…

July 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm
(96) kyri says:

dear hamish,at last we agree on something,the greatly exagerated warhol link is what is making everyone suspicious of the whole affair,but dont forget that it is on the back of this “link”that many psaiers have been sold and it is on the back of this link that some psaiers have sold for many thousands of pounds.as for the fraudsters,well i have a probate certificate issued by the state of california that i recieved with other documents when i purchaced one of my psaiers.these certificates are forgeries,which has been confirmed by the probate offices in california [they never issued these certificates]so if that is not an element of fraud than i dont know what is.
as for the persecution of “a man and his daughter”by whom you mean john fairchild well let me tell you and put on record that john fairchild was the main distributor/seller in london and this i know for a fact as i have bought psaiers from him myself in the past.he told me himself thst he was the sole distributor for the psaier estate in england so he is a very important player in all this.i have visited his flat[he lives just 5 min from me] on a few ocasions and bought psaiers directly from him and i know that he was the consignor of all the psaiers that sold in criterion,southgate , lots road and chiswick auctions and im sure that nicholsons was suplied by him too[many of the psaiers that were in his flat i had seen for sale at nicholsons but had not sold]in fact two of my works are published in nicholsons catalog for the charles 2nd st sale in april 2008,which i bought in june [two months after the nicholson sale]from faierchild directly.dont get me wrong,i have no axe to grind against john fairchild,in fact i found john fairechild to be very pleasant and i liked the guy but with his past record people are bound to think the worst.pietro psaier might have existed,the works i have are fantastic and i love them but the warhol link is all made up,im sure of this.their are photos of psaier so their might have been a great undiscoverd artist by that name who was making great works but to link the poor guy with warhol and to say that warhol was nothing without psaier in the background,well that was going a step too far.
kyri.

July 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm
(97) hamish says:

kyri, with regards to John fairchild who as far as I am concearned has been made scape goat of with regards to selling psaiers ,I agree with what you say re: his history but that should not be a reason for any one without proof positive to insinuate that perhaps he is some sort of svengali . If fairchild was the person behind the supposed fraudulent dealings why would he be so candid and open about his business ,in fact from what you have said he could not have been any more open with you .I presume you did not receive the phony probate certificate from him as I am sure you would have mentioned it ,so if this case who sold you the psaier with the certificate as I am sure we would all be very interested to know his identity

July 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm
(98) kyri says:

hi hamish.the certificate came with a psaier that i bought from southgate auction rooms in north london.i bought it on 2-7- 2007.it mentions on the reciept that the paintings come with certification.i cant say %100 that fairchild consigned these paintings but it would be easy for someone with aurthority to find out who consigned these to auction.the auction house must have records.but i know for a fact that fairchild had consigned many psaiers to this auction,in fact he even told me so.this auction house is just 5 mins from his flat,its his local auction and he was well known their at the time.for the last year ,since the times article he has not been seen their again.i think the auction house refused to sell anymore because of all the controvercy,but i am sure that it is him who is putting them in the other auctions around london.believe me hamish he has a central role in all this,his flat was stufed with psaiers,i saw at least 60 works in his flat,they were all over the place,on the walls, piled up behind sofas in every room.he also had boxes of recently printed brochures on psaier that i have seen sold with the artworks.
now this dosent mean psaier didnt exist or is not a real person but fairchild is one of the major players in all this,believe me.as i said befor he was kind,polite and very likeable,but that dosent mean that this is not a scam.for all i know fairchild may have thought he was dealing in a bonafied artist,maybe he was fooled to.as you say he was openly selling the works and not hideing anything and when i spoke to him about psaier he realy believed in the man.as i said ,maybe he was fooled too,after all,a big auction house like nicholsons was.
kyri.

July 31, 2010 at 5:45 am
(99) hamish says:

dear kyri, with regards to fraudsters have heard of a certain art dealer in los Angeles by the name of nick metropolis a.k.a nicholas benidict . when psaier left for india nick became the main dealer of pietro psaier art in the u.s. nick sold to anna nichol smith,playboy and many hollywood stars . one of his scams was to claim that the works the client had bought had been lost or stolen in transit or in many cases only half of the works would arrive ,he pulled this scam on many dealers and collectors .nick promoted psaiers work with the hollwood crowd on melrose av,he had control over hundreds of studio psaier art after the artist left for india.sad to say according to psaier he was to see very little of the money paid for his art. nick was an infamous figure in the Californian art scene unknown to psaier who it must be said was extremely naive and trusting with this individual and in the end suffered for his naivety. (you mentioned that the probate certificate came from california… ) our friend nick was up to all sorts of tricks !!! who knows….

July 31, 2010 at 2:54 pm
(100) hamish says:

hi kyri, forgot to mention . have a look at paula.s blog on lennonstudio@aol.com and you will see what I mean with regards to nick metropolis. why has this person totally slipped under the radar ? personally I think the reason is that certain people have based on cicumstancial (there is no smoke without fire) evidence can see no further than john & Nadia fairchild . after all john fairchild has been totally open with his connection to psaiers art and the fact that he was the main agent in the uk so why has nick who has stated that he was the main agent in the u.s not come under the same scrutiny as fairchild……

August 1, 2010 at 10:35 am
(101) Gary says:

Hamish,

Are you Peter Psaier? Several comments earlier you say to Kyri “dont be so english” which is exactly what Peter said to the journalist from the Times (London) in this article: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/visual_arts/article6814854.ece

You seem to be very familiar with the area that Peter lives in in L.A. In regard to your comments regarding Nick Metropolis – only Peter or someone connected with “Studio Psaier” would know what you have just said – assuming it is true. How would anyone else know that “nick promoted psaiers work with the hollwood crowd on melrose av,he had control over hundreds of studio psaier art after the artist left for india.” If you aren’t Peter or one of the Fairchilds, how would you know that? Who are you Hamish?

August 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm
(102) hamish says:

gary,don’t give up your day job! you are no Sherlock Holmes,more like inspector Clouseau’s… p.s don’t be so American.

August 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm
(103) kyri says:

hi hamish,gary is right,i too have my suspicions as to how you have so much inside information on all this.in message 92 i asked you how and why you get all this information ie; the copy of the death certificate and i asked you what your role is in all this but you have skirted the issue and not answerd any questions .
instead you have added more information which has to come from someone on the inside of all this.at first you were implying that fairchild was the inocent victim of a “witch hunt”and that he had nothing or very little to do with the psaier issue but now as you know, that i know for a fact that he had a major role in all this you too have accepted this.as for this nick guy,well this is all news to me.maybe it is a red herring thrown in by you to take the heat of fairchild.as gary said,we would all like to know how you are involved in all this hamish.the probate certificate was with a psaier bought in london at fairchilds local auction,where i know he was selling many psaiers so it does point to him.the certificate is dated march 2007,just 3 months before i bought the piece so if this nick guy was doing things when psaier was in india than it shoulde have been much older.as you accept that fairchild was in charge in the uk,it is reasonable to believe that it was fairchild that sold this psaier with this certificate,im afraid it all points to him.im sure it pased through his hands weather he knew if it was real or not is another question that only he can answer.as for you hamish,you even know which police prosecuted fairchild,how do you know all this?any answers.
kyri

August 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm
(104) Gary says:

Hamish – Why do you think I’m American? My site is based in the U.K.

August 3, 2010 at 2:48 pm
(105) hamish says:

|t is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian elements have found in my writings something to hang their beatnik theories on……( jack Kerouac ) very apt .

August 4, 2010 at 12:35 am
(106) Gary says:

How interesting ‘Hamish” – you and ‘Paul Sullivan’ – the person who claimed he was making a film on Pietro Psaier over two years ago both have an interest in Jack Kerouac: http://psifilms.com/news.html But, then, you knew that would be noticed, didn’t you? (Needless to say, the film was never made – just as the promised catalogue raisonne has never been published.)

August 5, 2010 at 5:12 pm
(107) hamish says:

dear friends I wish to take this opportunity to wish you all Adieu. I find that I cannot continue to fight the good fight in defence of fairness and common decency .I was willing to put up with the accusations and the down right hostility because of my defence of psaier and my admiration for his art ,I was also willing to suffer the censorship that only I seemed to suffer from !!! but the two previous blogs are the last straw !!! so as far as I am concerned the lunatic fringe can carry on with their more and more outlandish theories and accusations…….

August 5, 2010 at 6:44 pm
(108) Shelley says:

@hamish,

Re: your supposed singular censorship suffering, you couldn’t be more wrong. I have deleted quite a few comments on this thread that appeared to be personal attacks, many of which were directed AT you. There is no need for you to leave in self-righteous indignation.

That said, I don’t feel as if you’ve contributed anything substantive here towards answering questions about the Psaier-Warhol connection. If you are inclined to cease posting, I wish you all the best in your other endeavors.

August 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm
(109) kyri says:

so hamish you are slipping away without answering any questions,not even one!
i dont know who the “lunatic fringe” are,i have no axe to grind and have an open mind on the psaier affair,if anything as the owner of many psaiers i would gain financialy if all the psaier-warholl talk was true and i have stated many times that i would love the link between the two of them to be prooved but as of now i still dont know for sure if psaier even existed.i have never once been rude to you and nor has anyone else,as shelly says she deleted any ofensive posts.all everyone wants is a straight answer on a few questions.
i think psaiers art is very good to,otherwise i wouldnt have bought it but i have to agree with shelley that you have told us absolutely nothing in over 20 posts and i mean nothing,but as shelley says,all the best in your future endeavours.
kyri.
kyri.

August 23, 2010 at 6:51 am
(110) Vanessa says:

I would like to know where in Madrid I can find some of these works, as all this chatter just fascinates me. I want to see them, and perhaps even own one. Where can I find them? Where is the respected gallery they are supposedly displayed at so I can see them for myself?

August 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm
(111) rob gardner says:

I recently bought a Psaier called Queen of Diamond at Juliens auction in Las Vegas. This particular work has a paper on the back signed by the artist with finger or thumbprints. It is in a foreign language. It was owned by Anna Nichol Smith. Larry Birkhead was unable to give me any information on it other than it was given to her by her husband, the rich, old, oil guy. Can anyone give me info on what I have? We bought it because my wife is a Monroe fan and liked the work.

September 14, 2010 at 12:58 am
(112) Gary Comenas says:

Rob,

I have managed to find a copy of your painting on the internet, along with the documentation provided with it. You can see it at: https://www.julienslive.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/6/lot/962/

Did they say how old the painting was meant to be? There is a London telephone number on the certificate beginning “020 7….” This means that the painting/certificate was issued in 2000 or later as London only started using that code in 2000. (It also begs the question of why a certificate, issued in Spanish and English for a painting by an Italian artist supposedly living in Sri Lanka, should have a London address and phone number printed on it?)

London isn’t the only city mentioned on the certificate. It also mentions “Studio Psaier – New York” and “Factory Additions of New York City.” Yet, we know that both Studio Psaier and Factory Additions were registered in California, not New York and had nothing to do with Warhol’s company Factory Additions which produced his prints from 1966 to 1974. (See: http://www.warholstars.org/pietro-psaier-hoax.html#jhv4r)

The certificate is numbered 6/20. This is the usual way of numbering a limited edition – i.e. the work is no. 6 out of 20 produced. But where are the other 19 similar works? Psaier’s paintings often have an edition number when in reality there are no other editions of the same work.

The document is basically useless as evidence of authenticity. It is a certicate of authenticity issued by the same person or persons who produced the painting and not by an independent art authority.

Gary

September 20, 2010 at 2:58 pm
(113) kyri says:

hi gary,what it does do is proove that at least one of the claims is true and that anna nichol smith did own some psaiers.
rob,enjoy your art work for what it is,a great work of art.
i have seen similar ones though not exactly the same sell for $5000 +.
kyri.
ps,this still does not proove that psaier as an artist even existed never mind worked with warhol.

October 7, 2010 at 4:54 am
(114) Maggie says:

I have a painting of his. It’s a prostitute Judy. I bought it a few years back, it claims to have been paintied in Brazil

October 31, 2010 at 4:25 am
(115) gary says:

Meet the Fairchilds: Founders of “Factory Additions:” http://warholstars.org/#jkxp2

November 2, 2010 at 11:31 pm
(116) Soren says:

As this is the first time I have come across this artist or argument or, not sure exactly what to call it, I have become enthralled with the whole of it.

I would like to know what you mean, Shelley, about the IP address that is associated with this infamous Hamish character in comments 23 and 82. I’m sure that it may be private information of some sort, but is their information we are not getting about this Hamish fellow?

December 12, 2010 at 8:49 am
(117) Robin Cope says:

I have very recently purchased a work by the famous(infamous) Pietro Psair at Auction (Dec 9th). In researching this purchase I have come across all the many trails and accusations regarding this artists works. For what it is worth my impression in looking closely at the actual work is that this is extremely modern, by this I mean made in the last 12 months or so. I am not an expert but I studied Fine Art for seven years. I also have worked in China and I see that this has a sense of Chinese mass production.
A few points which need to raised. As a piece of art on its own merit it is a fine example of Pop Art. I paid 400 pounds for this and as such I feel it is worth the price I paid. It is however the type of work which could be produced in huge numbers at a very low cost. The certificates on the back of the painting seem total fictious to me though considerable work has been done to make them appear quasi authentic . If there are parties who are defrauding the public then this should/ has to be stopped. Regarding the research into verifying whether a) Pietro Psaier actually existed and b) he had connections to Andy Warhol this has to be done by independant parties and not persons with a vested interest. I refer to parties linked to John Nicholson. Unless they can produce irrefutable and concrete evidence, and not the hearsay that so far they have produced then their work will always be tainted by commercial interests.
As the period since the alleged birth and death of Pietro Psaier is not so far in the past surely it must be possible to find at least some concrete evidence, tax certificates, social security documents etc.relating to this person. It would be wonderful if via the medium of internet our collective power gets to the bottom of this!!!

December 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm
(118) hamish says:

why would a person has studied fine art for 7 years and also lived in china go out and buy a Chinese knock-off a psaier for £400 when he clearly stated that it look as if it had been painted within the last twelve months . he also said that the piece or should I say manufactured piece was a good example of pop art (what sort of pop art has he been studying for the last 7 years!!) I personally think that this is just another manufactured tale designed to rubbish psaiers similar to the the tale told by gary in warholstars last week about a mysterious Mr X who gary said had proof that every thing about psaier was faked… the story was removed after a few days ps gary also gave away mr x,s real name by accident in his poisonous tirade. personaly I am of the opinion that this clearly fictitious tale comes from the same stable of detractors!!!

December 12, 2010 at 10:30 pm
(119) Shelley says:

@ “hamish”

Personal attacks as a defense? Again? Why?

I will remind you, one final time, that the rules of engagement here require civility. If you find that allowing others to express their Psaier doubts–without your taking personal, very public offense–is beyond you, I can and will delete your future posts.

Please see Section 4 of the About.com User Agreement if you have any questions.

Thank you.

December 13, 2010 at 2:10 pm
(120) kyri says:

hi robin,some of the psaiers i have are certainly at least 10-15 years old,if you read through all the comments than you would have seen that there were psaiers sold at christies and bonhams over 12 years ago.but in saying that this does not prove anything other than that these paintings have been around for a while.
kyri.

December 27, 2010 at 12:16 am
(121) Gary Comenas says:
December 27, 2010 at 12:37 am
(122) Gary Comenas says:

Update link above doesn’t work because of period after .html. Should be:

http://www.warholstars.org/pietro_psaier_factory_additions.html

January 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm
(123) hamish says:

gary I wish you would concentrate your efforts on psaier the artist and what he was doing and where he was in the past decades rather than where the fairchilds lived and what they owned. I personally think that anyone interested in psaier would rather you concentrate on uncovering new information on him rather than old family pictures of his family unit apparently on holiday! For instance both you and your friend ex-inspector dick Ellis of the metropolitan police now a insurance bounty hunter seem to have missed a vital piece of information regarding nadia fairchild and peter psaier the son of the artist THEY ARE HUSBAND AND WIFE !!! this information I am sure most people would agree goes a long way in explaining the psaier and fairchild connection without resorting to claims of criminal conspiracies

January 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm
(124) hamish says:

there was never a factory additions in new york in the sixties and mid seventies owned by andy warhol. a company called aetna silkscreen products i nc run off warhols marilyn and campbells and stamped their stamp on the backs of silkscreens. later they also stamped on warholes factory additions but it was never a warhol company. aetna silkscreen products inc is out of business now but their prints done for warhol sell for hundreds of thousands,aetna not only carried out work for warhol they also produced silkscreens for poster companys and editions for rock concerts. at the above mentioned era the name factory additions ny was not registered in warhols name…

January 8, 2011 at 9:26 am
(125) Gary says:

Hamish:

I’m not sure where you are getting your information from but I suggest you consult the official Andy Warhol Print Catalogue Raisonné published in conjunction with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. You should be able to request a copy from your local library. Look up Factory Additions in the index.

I have the third edition of the print cat. rais. which states on page 21 (as I have cited previously) that “Under the name Factory Additions, Warhol published portfolios…”

In the chronology section of the cat. rais. it notes Warhol “establishes Factory additions with David Whitney” in the 1966 section (p. 276) The last item listed in the cat. rais. as published by Warhol’s Factory Additions were Mao screenprints on wallpaper in 1974.

Aetna was a printer, not a publisher. Some of the prints published by Warhol’s Factory Additions were printed by Aetna but others were printed by other printers such as Salvatore Silkscreen Co. Inc.

In regard to your comment about concentrating on “psaier the artist and what he was doing and where he was in the past decades” – Great idea. If you remember I used to have a Psaier chronology on my site. I took it off after I did other updates but now I have put it back online as per your suggestion. You will find it at: http://warholstars.org/1pietro_psaier.html

January 8, 2011 at 9:28 am
(126) Gary says:

This carries on from my previous comment as there is a character limitation on comments.

To continue:

Thank you for the additional information that Peter Psaier and Nadia Fairchild are married. It was suspected that they were in a relationship but this is the first time I’ve heard that they were married. I wonder why you never mentioned this before. In any case, Peter would have presumably indicated who his father was when he applied for the marriage certificate and it would be interesting to know if he put down “Pietro” as his father, and what birth date he gave for his father and the place of birth. Do you have access to the marriage certificate?

So far nobody has yet put online a birth, death or marriage certificate (or any other legal document) that can be checked with the relevant authorities that shows that Psaier actually existed. He appears to have had no friends during his lifetime and no other relatives than Peter.

In regard to your mention of someone named “Dick Ellis,” why on earth would somebody who you describe as being “an insurance bounty hunter” have anything to do with the Psaier saga?

Gary

January 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm
(127) hamish says:

gary : factory additions inc the Californian incorporated company have articles to cover business i.e printing,publishing & general trading,the British factory additions UK ltd has articles of incorporation i.e trading,printing,publishing,auctioning etc. gary could you show us a legal listed company trading under the name of factory additions incorporated and duly formed by warhol or on behalf of warhol,under the corporate law of new york a legal filing would be made known as a trading as in name, annual statements would have to be filed if warhol actually used this name. factory additions incorporated was formed some ten years ago in the state capitol,I believe the established Californian corporation which is still active has current corporate banking relations,also deals in art in general and at no time did any of its documents bear a mention of the name warhol , surely a company dealing exclusively with studio psaier inc yet another legal trading company can guarantee and authenticate the works it is representing ! at no time dose the affixed document even vaguely mention andy warhol. I assume John nicholson who I have never had the pleasure of meeting formed factory additions uk ltd to secure future publishing rights for artistic work which you clearly pointed out in your opinion had an artist that did not exist, but the studio psaier company could and have granted such reproduction rights in the form of gelligraphics that mr nicholson promotes. Garry why dont you contact the warhol foundation and ask them to send you copies of the articles of incorporation in the name of factory additions inc, I am sure the will assist you even though they have made it clear that you have no voice for them in the psaier /warhol matter.

January 9, 2011 at 1:45 am
(128) Gary says:

Hamish,

I’m not quite sure what point you are making but:

1. I repeat: Go to the library. Get the book “Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1962-1987″ by Claudia Defendi et al. Look up Factory Additions in the index. Inside you will see confirmation of the existence of Warhol’s Factory Additions and numerous examples of works by Warhol that were published by his company Factory Additions.

2. I repeat: Do you have access to the marriage certificate of Peter Psaier and Nadia Fairchild?

3. I repeat: Who is this person “Dick Ellis” that you keep on going on about?

Gary

January 10, 2011 at 1:23 am
(129) Gary says:

“Hamish:”

I’ve re-read your statement several times and I think I understand it now. My reply will be in two parts because of the space limitation for comments:

1. You say in regard to Factory Additions in California (the one started by the Fairchilds and Peter Psaier) that it is “still active” and has “current banking relations.” I hope not. It has been suspended from trading by the Secretary of State of California. If you go to http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/cbs.aspx and type in “Factory Additions” you will see it has been suspended. If they are still trading they are doing so illegally.

2. You say “at no time does the affixed document even vaguely mention Andy Warhol.” I assume you are talking about the certificate of authenticity by Factory Additions. Yes, it is true that it doesn’t mention Warhol but when you attach a certificate with the same name as a company Warhol used to use to publish his prints, it does infer a Warhol connection – particularly when it is in a sale announced by a press release which states that Psaier and Warhol collaborated on “joint works” of art.

3. You say you assume that the auctioneer formed Factory Additions in the UK to “secure future publishing rights” and that the “Studio Psaier company could and have granted such reproduction rights in the form of gelligraphics that” the auctioneer “promotes.” How would you know that if you were not part of Studio Psaier and have not had contact with the auctioneer? What are “gelligraphics?” It’s an art term I am unfamiliar with.

continued below…

January 10, 2011 at 2:00 am
(130) Gary (part two) says:

to continue…

I had no idea that the auctioneer was also getting into “publishing.” When I first brought up the issue of the Factory Additions certificates of authenticity more than two years ago, it was never mentioned by the auctioneer that he had incorporated a company with the same name in the U.K. in his statements to the press at the time.

The auctioneer is presumably a very reputable, successful antiques dealer but he does not mention “publishing” or “gelligraphics” on his website. I note on his site that he recently sold a “Rhino Horn Libation Cup” from China for £60,000. At first I was surprised as it is known that John Fairchild was convicted of antiquities forgeries here in the U.K. and use to make what has been described as “fake Rhino fossils” which he would age artificially. However, it clearly states on the auctioneer’s website that the the cup he sold was “consigned from a local lady.” (http://www.johnnicholsons.com/da/107007) A similar cup was sold by Christie’s in November 2009 (http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=5253482). In fact, if you go to a UK search engine and type in “Chinese Libation Cups” there are quite of lot of these rare items being sold by auctioneers in the U.K. There’s even one made of resin on Ebay for £29.99. (As I said before – there is no reason to doubt the legitimacy of the auctioneer’s cup which is apparently made of Rhino bone and not resin.)

In any case, this is a Psaier page, not a Rhino Libation Cup page. To return to Psaier, is there any news on that marriage certificate? Or, for that matter, a birth certificate or death certificate that can be put online?

Gary

March 6, 2011 at 8:08 am
(131) hamish says:

hi Gary, on twitter you ask the question with regards to the latest and largest to date Warhol and Pietro psaier exhibition of joint works ( why does the andy warhol foundation not object to this exhibition which has “joint works” by pietro psaier and warhol ) It does beggar belief that if psaier is as you have vehemently claimed over the last few years is nothing but a hoax irrespective of the quality and popularity of his work why the warhol foundation seem quite at ease with the claim that both artist had worked together especially as they are normally so protective of his name !!! one can only presume that they are in recipe of evidence of past dealings of the said artists that you are not privy to.

March 28, 2011 at 1:36 am
(132) Gary says:

“Hamish,”

1. The head of the Warhol Foundation, Joel Wachs, told the New York Post that nobody at the Foundation had ever heard of Psaier. See http://www.nypost.com/p/news/regional/item_6GO7LPJfvlVmZGb1DBxF9H

2. Any news on a birth or death certificate for Psaier that can be posted online so that people can have a look at it?

March 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm
(133) kyri says:

personally i would take anything the warhol foundation says with a pinch of salt.they have been to overprotective of warhol in the past but gary is right,were is the birth/death certificate.surely they should be available now.
kyri.

April 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm
(134) hamish says:

in reply to Gary and kyri,s request for a birth /death certificate for Pietro psaier I have been reliably informed that a certain art auctioneer who has been championing psaier and his art for many years has in his possession certain documents relevant to the psaier enigma. we can only hope that the said auctioneer can be persuaded to share any proof that he may have discovered which hopefully will finally silence the psier detractors …

June 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm
(135) kyri says:

hamish,im sure that if this information was available it would have been produced by now.i wont be holding my breath.
there dosent seem to be any psaiers at auctions lately,at least i havent seen any,in fact its all gone very quiet.
kyri.

August 26, 2011 at 11:24 am
(136) Euridice says:

In memoria: On August 11th 2011, Carlos Langelaan Alvarez, President of Fundation Pietro Psaier, died in the city od Madrid, Spain. A great friend of the People of Sri Lanka with an unfinished dream.

http://s1117.photobucket.com/albums/k582/Euridice5/

August 31, 2011 at 6:16 am
(137) Euridice says:
September 1, 2011 at 3:22 am
(138) gary says:

I’ll do this in two parts due to limitations on the amount of words per entry:

Part One

There are several anomalies in regard to the documents provided and the accompanying photos.

1. If this document always existed, why was it not produced when questions first arose in regard to Psaier? Why has it only been produced since the death of the therapist?

In regard to the therapist’s death, does anyone know the cause of death or what hospital he died in?

According to one of the websites of the Psaier researcher, “As the value of Psaier’s works increases, the world of art is expecting to see another steep increase in the price of his work when he is sadly declared officially dead in 2011.” If he was to be declared officially dead in 2011, why was the death certificate produced in 2009? The site is at:

http://andantiques.bttradespace.com/news-and-posts/news/77C7AC1F45D1E2C6E0401BAC710164E3

2. The document appears to be a translation by “Ibrahim Abdul Muthalib” It is stamped with a small stamp that says “B.R. True, Hon. Consul General of Sri Lanka.” It would be interesting to find out from Mr. True whether or not the certificate is legitimate. His contact details are at:

http://www.srilankaembassy.fr/test/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=97&Itemid=109&lang=en

The other larger stamp on the document is the stamp of the translator, not the government. Similarly, the red seal is the seal of the translator, not the government.

The Spanish version of the certificate is also labeled “Translation” (“Traduccion”).

There is a separate blank page with what appears to be the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but that is a stamp for a “fee received” and not an official approval of the death certificate. The blank page could relate to anything. In fact it specifically states on the stamp that it is made “without commitment as to its contents.”

to part two…

September 1, 2011 at 3:25 am
(139) gary says:

Part Two

3. Regarding the photos:

a) Is the photo featuring the Audrey Hepburn pictures supposed to be Psaier’s home/studio in Sri Lanka before it was destroyed by the tsunami? That doesn’t look like Psaier who is painting the painting. What year was the photo supposed to have been taken in?

b) Has the allegation that there was a UNICEF connection been checked with UNICEF?

c) The “Still Missing” photo (page 9) looks a bit strange. Why is the Psaier notice so much brighter than the other notices? If the Psaier notice has been brightened using photoshop or another photo editing program, can we see the original photo? There doesn’t appear to be a thumb tack in the Psaier notice to attach it to the wall as there are with the other documents. Although the document is out of focus, it is not as out of focus as the other documents. If it was thumb tacked to the wall and the wall was photographed, the focus (or lack of it) should be the same as with the other documents on the wall.

Most importantly, let’s not forget that the main issue at stake here is whether or not Warhol produced “joint works” with Psaier and whether Psaier played an indispensable role at the Factory as was claimed by the Psaier researcher and the auctioneer who has been selling his paintings. The point about whether he existed or not was picked up by the press (largely based on the lack of a birth certificate) but the main claim – the one which might add value to Psaier’s paintings – was that Psaier produced joint works with Warhol. As stated previously, no collaborations have been authenticated by the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board and nobody who was at the Factory at the time recalls Psaier or anyone nicknamed “Peter the Italian.”

Finally, let’s not forget the “Psaier” connection with the convicted art forgers in the U.K. See:

http://www.warholstars.org/andy_warhol_pietro_psaier_1110.html

September 4, 2011 at 10:16 am
(140) hamish says:

garry there will never be enough proof as far as you are concerned with reguards to psaier, you have taken this vendetta against psaier to far ! now you are implying that his friend and therapist dr alvarez passing away is also suspicious.

September 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm
(141) hamish says:

hi gary, good news (or perhaps not) the consul general mr true has confirmed that documents you have cast doubt on are in fact genuine and are the same documents that he signed and sealed and personally handed over to dr langalaan at the psaier/sri lanka exhibition in madrid.ps I am happy to inform you that mr true is still alive and kicking in madrid….

September 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm
(142) Euridice says:

I am posting the reg. of death which I received from Sri Lanka. It’s different to the example shown, but the same factual information from the Sri Lankan Goverment.
http://photobucket.com/registrationofdeathpietropsaier

September 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm
(143) Euridice says:
September 19, 2011 at 5:58 pm
(144) Euridice says:

Unfinished dream. Pietro Psaier Fundation proyect and monuments.

http://s1117.photobucket.com/albums/k582/Euridice5/MONUMENTS%20SRI%20LANKA/

September 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm
(145) Euridice says:
September 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm
(146) Euridice says:
September 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm
(147) Euridice says:
September 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm
(148) Euridice says:

REGISTRATION OF DEATH – PIETRO PSAIER [CERTIFICATES]

http://photobucket.com/pietropsaierdeathcertificatesrilanka

September 21, 2011 at 6:40 am
(149) gary says:

The death certificate was issued on the basis of the letter from the (now dead) psychologist saying Psaier was missing and not because they found a body. The psychologist happened also to be president of the Psaier Foundation. (Why would a therapist, who has had no contact with their patient for a considerable amount of time, suddenly decide to start a foundation in the patient’s name?) Why are these documents only being produced now – after the death of the therapist? Can we see a copy of the therapist’s death certificate as well? I can’t find a notice of his death on the internet.

And most importantly, where is the proof of the Warhol connection? It is only the claimed Warhol connection that would add value to the work.

gary

September 21, 2011 at 10:59 am
(150) Neil says:

Gary, a person is considered “missing”, precisely, when the body is not found. In concern to Dr. Langelaan`s death, perhaps Euridice could show any document, other than the photos.

September 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm
(151) kyri says:

all i know is that i have probate certificates in my possession purportedly issued from the state of california which accompanied psaire paintings that i bought at auction and i know that these are fraudulent,so someone out there is creating fraudulent material to promote these paintings.i own plenty of psaiers but im still not convinced.
kyri.

September 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm
(152) Elia says:

Would everyone, please, leave the dead people in peace? Certified documents, pictures of death bodies… Sorry Neil but, even once are there’s a human being or part of it rescued, under such natural disaster tragedy, identifying procedures are complicated. So Gary, yes, Peter “the italian” is missing. However, Is your personal crusade, as Hamish sugested before any tipe of vendetta, taking you to the point of even cuestioning doctor’s disapearance?

September 22, 2011 at 6:32 am
(153) Al says:

I was amazed at the stuff you have posted ,so maybe Psaier is real and died in the Tsunami. I have been following this story for 3 years and really think Psaier has been treated so bad in life and death. I hope gary will now agree that Psaiers signed works are worthy of his many fans. Those poor people at the silkscreen hut look cheerful and have learned a skill from Psaier, not like the druggies around Warhols factory who cannot remember who came and went , who painted, who signed or produced works never by the hand of the so called master. Let Psaier be recognised in his on right. Gary appears to have been brainwashed and has truly lost his direction, so Joel Wachs Warhol Foundation President now has made it very clear thar Warholstars have over stepped this time. Euridice,I think you are an honest broker for staying away from this Warhol connection crap.

September 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm
(154) hamish says:

at long last there seems to be fair minded people that are prepared to speak out for pietro psaier and his art. for to long certain people have held center stage ! they have made it their mission in life to rubbish psaier and his work in fact their main claim was that he was a fictitious character invented by unscrupulous persons for their own greed. that was the reason that the artist,s son and distributor of most of his fathers works refused to comment on the vilification of his father,he knew that no matter what he said would make the slightest difference and in fact would probably make matters worse… this campaign of hate against the artist was started because some pop art lovers of psaiers work had the temerity to say that in their opinion psaiers work could stand shoulder to shoulder with warholes work and coupled with the claim that psaier had a connection with warhol this was reason enough to obliterate any mention of this much maligned artist.

September 23, 2011 at 1:22 am
(155) gary says:

From the New York Post, 17 September 2008: “when word of the upcoming [Psaier] sale reached the Andy Warhol Foundation it turned out no one there had ever heard of Psaier, said President Joel Wachs.”

See: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/regional/item_6GO7LPJfvlVmZGb1DBxF9H#ixzz1YkZ2EElt

gary.

September 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm
(156) kyri says:

psaier may have existed,i hope he did,but the warhol link in my view is a total fabrication and untill at least one person comes forward to say yes i knew psaier and he was at the factory in the 60s than i for one cannot believe that he ever knew warhol never mind workd with him.my pieces would be worth 100 times what i paid for them if he did work with warhol, so it is in my intrest for hamish ect to be right but im afraid they are not.i like the works for what they are but allot of publicity for pasier was drumd up by the warhol link.proove that beyond doubt hamish than i will take my hat off to you.
kyri

September 24, 2011 at 12:32 am
(157) gary says:

There is one important incident that is missing from the information presented about Psaier in press releases and bios. The birth of a son. “Peter Psaier” is supposed to be the son of “Pietro.” Where was Peter born? In Sri Lanka, Los Angeles, New York or Mexico?

Is “Pietro” listed as Peter’s father on Peter’s birth certificate? Who was Peter’s mother? Why has she not come forward to defend her partner’s reputation? Why was Pietro’s death certificate requested by his ex-therapist rather than Peter or Peter’s mother? Where are Pietro’s friends? Why have they not come forward?

According to comment 123 above, Peter Psaier was married to Nadia Fairchild. Nadia Fairchild was convicted of art fraud in the U.K. in 1990, as reported in the 12 May 1990 issue of The Times. See:

http://www.warholstars.org/andy_warhol_pietro_psaier_1110.html

Gary

September 28, 2011 at 11:33 am
(158) Euridice says:
September 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm
(159) Neil says:

Gary, Did you know that Andy was in Sri Lanka way before Pietro, when the country was still Ceylon? Did you know that the late Sam Green, Green Gallery NY, visited Pietro (1997) to establishe the Landmarks Foundations to protect Sri Lankan sacred sites with Psaier’s help? Did you know that the Island was once called Serendip and that Stephen Bruce (NY’s Serendipity), the first to show Warhol Art, was a major wholesale buyer for Fairchild’s Tiffany style belt buckles and visited Fairchild’s North London Factory in the early 70′s? Stephen is still alive. Did you also know that Warhol was a buyer of Fairchild’s buckles sold at Serendipity? Did you know that Warhol Foundation current President was a Los Angeles Councilman along with Los Angeles Council Supervisor Dean Dana and Councilman Art Torres, who openly promoted the Fairchild Estate in Malibu,California (aproving plans to erect the tallest structure in Los Angeles, in a residential area known as THE WESTFAIR RETREAT)? The estate hosted many historical tours for the Santa Monica School District, The Getty Museum, to name but a few… Did you know that the wedding of Sean Penn and Maddona was planned to be staged there? However, for security reasons, the Unger Estate on Point Dune was rented.

September 29, 2011 at 5:20 am
(160) Mycroft says:

Gary,
Sincere congratulations on your masterly detective work in exposing the Pietro Psaier fraud. However, you have overlooked one vital piece of information.
When “hamish” told you in entry #123 that “Peter Psaier” and Nadia Fairchild were married, he was telling you the truth but not the whole truth. Who then is “Peter Psaier”?
His real name is Taz Buffington Rudd, born in Los Angeles on 2 December 1964 according to the California Birth Index 1905 – 1995.
On 24 September 1994 he married Nadia Marta Fairchild, the eldest daughter of John R. Fairchild
in Reno, Washoe.
The full information can be seen in the Nevada Marriage Index 1956 – 2005 Book 951 Page 802 Instrument number: MA94-21031
Taz Rudd attended Santa Monica High School and a photograph of him, aged 16 can be viewed on page 114 of the School’s 1981 Yearbook.
http://www.yearbook.com/yearbooks/Santa_Monica_High_School_Nautilus_Yearbook/1981?Page_114.html
Taz Rudd is also on Facebook where a later photograph of him appears. You may think that both photographs bear an uncanny similarity to the photograph of “Peter Psaier” posted on your own warholstars website. You would be correct. Incidentally, Taz Rudd lists among his Facebook friends his sister-in-law, Eva Fairchild who is the youngest of the three Fairchild daughters.
The precise identity of “hamish” is unimportant but his inside information limits him to one of the three people who formed Factory Additions Inc for the purpose of issuing the bogus “authentification” documentation for the various “Pietro Psaier” works.
There is not a shred of evidence to suggest that “Pietro Psaier” ever existed. A plague on all those auction houses and buyers who have allowed themselves to be deceived by all those conspirators to defraud whose names appear in many of these entries. Mycroft has much more information to add. You can always ask him a direct question.

September 29, 2011 at 5:44 am
(161) Mycroft says:

Gary,
You have noted on your site the registration by the Spanish Ministry of Education of the Fundacion Psaier in Madrid on 6 July 2009.
Details are available in the Boletin Oficial del Estado of Thursday 13 August 2009
The Fundacion was established by Carlos Langelaan Alvarez, Juan Antonio Lopez Alvarez and Maria Soledad Reino Cortes on 8 June 2009.
Heading #3 notes that 30,000 euros in cash were deposited in its bank account. It is not known where the late(?) Dr Carlos Langelaan Alvarez obtained this sum of money from.
Curiously, news of the death of Carlos Langelaan Alvarez appears to have travelled faster, via California perhaps, to “Euridice” and indeed to “Pietro Psaier” researcher, “Jacqueline Chapman” than it does to the Spanish Deaths Registry in Madrid. Does anyone have a copy of the official Spanish Death Certificate? It may be that the photogenic Doctor has merely gone to ground in one of his other addresses in Madrid. Will someone please prove me wrong?

September 29, 2011 at 11:14 pm
(162) Shelley says:

+++ Your Attention Please +++

Recently, there have been a lot of posts allegedly providing proof of Pietro Psaier’s existence, along with a rush of happy supporters.

Please be aware that I am notified by email when new posts come in. Among the other details I receive, I am given your IP addresses and ISPs. I am sure that at least one person will understand what this means.

To that person: I’d appreciate it if you’d play fair going forward, and stop trying to discredit legitimate questions that remain to be answered. I have a rather low tolerance level for sock puppets.

September 30, 2011 at 12:13 am
(163) Gary says:

Mycroft – Many thanks for the information you’ve provided.

Neil (comment 159): In regard to the belt buckles you mention, I assume you are referring to these:

http://bogusbuckles.com/

If you scroll down to the section “The Truth about the Tiffany Studios bogus buckle scam” you will see this:

“So, just where did these bogus buckles come from? Well, it appears as if an Englishman, John Fairchild, was behind this scam that was intended to play upon the sentiments of his intended victims – average American collectors who were interested in historical items. Unfortunately, Fairchild was all too successful. When sales of his original “Civil War” buckles started to decline, he (or someone very close to him) apparently came up with another scheme to keep sales up – he started to focus on the “Wild West.”

And here is a warning about the scam on Ebay:

http://reviews.ebay.com/Tiffany-amp-Wells-Fargo-Brass-Belt-Buckle-Scam_W0QQugidZ10000000008097246

October 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm
(164) hamish says:

hi garry,as you are still on the the belt buckle saga I am sure that you and your new friend mycroft would be most interested to know that a belt buckle made by mr fairchild for john Wayne to wear in the film brannigan is selling on heritage live auctions (lot 44176) for over a $1000 ! in fact fairchild produced millions of buckles for more than 25 years and his sister has continued to this day manufacturing buckles as tanside buckles… P’s your friend mycroft omitted to inform your readers that taz buffington rudd was nadia fairchilds ist husband and peter psaier is her 2nd husband !!! personally I think that inspector lestrade would have been a better pseudonym than mycroft (lets keep it in the same profession )

October 13, 2011 at 11:36 am
(165) Damocles says:

Having bought two Pietro Psaier works, I too decided to investigate the artist but found no evidence for his existence or that of his supposed son Peter Psaier. If Peter Psaier is the second husband of Nadia Fairchild, I do hope she obtained a divorce from the first one and is not bigamously married to a second husband! Is there any evidence of a divorce? Does Peter Psaier have a birth certificate, a record of his marriage or a Californian driving license? Does he have a passport or any credit cards? Does he have a US Social Security number? Does he pay tax? Is he perhaps an illegal immigrant to my country? As a lawyer, I think hamish will have to do a little better if he wants us to continue to believe in this web of deception.

October 19, 2011 at 7:50 pm
(166) gary says:
October 20, 2011 at 11:00 am
(167) hamish says:

gary , it,s like watching a hamster on a wheel you and your anti psaier group keep repeating the same old mantra (fraud-fraud-fraud ) as soon as any one contributes evidence or shows the slightest belief in psaier or mentions the fact that his work stands on its own merit they are immediately accused of being part of a conspiracy…..I personally have been on numerous occasions been accused of being part of the supposed fraud !!! I have lost track of how many individuals I have been accused of being…. now lets keep it simple my name is hamish and I collect psaiers work which I think is great !!! its as simple as that….. now about this piece in the guardian that your friend timmothy has written it must have been included to fill up the page !! as it is the same old dogma being re-hashed over and over again as I said above timmothy on his exercise wheel…… ta ta for now hamish…or is it someone else ?

October 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm
(168) Damocles says:

Humbug, hamish, humbug and you know it! Now at least we know your whereabouts and true identity. You must be the original Wizard of Oz and live in Kansas. Here’s yet another identity for you.

October 22, 2011 at 11:05 am
(169) hamish says:

damocles, are you using the royal “we” or are you the voice of your troika? lets be candid this whole matter has very little to do with pietro psaier or his art. the real targets for your little group are the fairchilds,nicholson and chapman , for your own various reasons which go back further than psaier hence the involvement of civil war buckles and the scandalous claims you and your group have made against the above mentioned not to mention the hurt that I am sure you have caused nadia and peter psaier and without a doubt the family of dr langelaan with your unfounded accusations….

October 22, 2011 at 2:56 pm
(170) Lolz says:

“Unfounded: Not based on fact or sound evidence; groundless.”

Not one single element of the Psaier story rings true. None of the artworks, none of the biography, the stupid electric chair they’ve tried to flog numerous times, none of the documents; nothing. Nadda. Nil.

The funniest aspect of this is how they’re still holding on even though they’ve been outed. Creating lies to cover lies. I applaud your imagination.

Aww, poor John and Nadia. Shedding tears as I type. I expect all the MONEY will be some consolation at least.

October 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm
(171) hamish says:

it seems that another persona has arisen with a unusual nom de plume …shelley I hope you are still checking Ip addresses….

October 23, 2011 at 5:04 am
(172) Shelley says:

@hamish

Give me some credit; of course I am still checking while filing information away. Unlike the last series of pro-Psaier posts, these are from different locations.

@Everyone

Could we please cool it on the personal attacks? Things are getting borderline rude in here and, as thoroughly annoying as this (unnecessarily) long, drawn-out “mystery” is, I’d much prefer we remained civil. Thanks in advance.

October 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm
(173) Damocles says:

Who on Earth was “Jacqueline Chapman”?

October 24, 2011 at 7:14 pm
(174) hamish says:

sorry damocles did you think I meant Jacqueline chapman ! no I meant charlie chapman ….anyway I think you are a bit of a comedian yourself ……your pal hamish

October 24, 2011 at 7:38 pm
(175) hamish says:

news flash !!! apparently certain members of the opposition who shall remain nameless have been contacting ex-employees of certain auction house with regards to past sales of psaiers or any other information that the aforementioned (hopefully) disgruntled ex-employees can supply…. personally I think any information gathered in this manner can be discounted out of hand !!!

October 25, 2011 at 8:09 pm
(176) Damocles says:

Hamish what a sensitive and caring person you must be! But there are certain things you clearly do not understand. Because Pietro Psaier never existed, it is therefore quite impossible for his “son” “Peter Psaier” to exist. Because “Peter Psaier” does not exist, he can suffer no hurt.

“Euridice” has very kindly shown us a “Death Certificate” for Dr.Carlos Langelaan Alvarez but it shows him to have been divorced. Did he in fact have any living family to whom we can express our condolences? How may they be contacted?
Another question: How could he die at a location at which he apparently never lived?
And yet two more questions:
Was there any cause of death? Was any doctor in attendance? This is only a partial certificate.
One more question…. Perhaps “Jacqueline Chapman” or “Euridice” could let us know some answers so that we may observe the normal formalities attendant on such a tragic demise?

October 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm
(177) Damocles says:

One more question… hamish. Why are you using the expressions “conspiracy” “fraud” “troika”? Perhaps you are just being a little too sensitive!

October 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm
(178) hamish says:

damocles, I personally believe that when commenting on peoples personal lives and families plus the manner of a persons demise you should be sensitive…you obviously do not !!! as we can see from the arbitrary way you decide who exists and who does not exist .In fact if peter psaier never existed who was the guy that the times photographed and took a statement from outside his home in Los angeles . also peter psaier is listed as living on elm st,El Segundo.Los angeles and pays federal and state corporation tax and is registered as the president of studio psaier inc (so much for not existing then ! ) also touching on the matter of doctor alvares and his sad death,the good doctor sadly took his own life ! hanged himself in his mothers apartment in madrid … this is a matter of public record from the coroners office in madrid. dr alvarares was married twice and has two children so I would hope that most right thinking people would at least try to be sensitive due to the unfortunate circumstances of his death…….

October 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm
(179) hamish says:

christies london 29th may 1994 , sale no 6496 lot 174a 1976 acrilic of billy the kid dylan by pietro psaier. dylan inscribed : to john,he who hath the son . john best wishes bob dylan. bob dylan can confirm that he inscribed and signed the above saying for the infamouse john fairchild in malibue.. also see abc newspaper issue of june 23 1993 concearning galeria serrano pietro psaier show when bob dylan sent his limo to the gallery to pick up psaier and bring him to his gig…

October 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm
(180) hamish says:

sorry, the saying inscribed by Dylan actually reads : to john he who has the father hath the son. john best wishes bob dylan.

October 31, 2011 at 12:31 pm
(181) Lolz says:

“also see abc newspaper issue of june 23 1993 concearning galeria serrano pietro psaier show when bob dylan sent his limo to the gallery to pick up psaier and bring him to his gig”

So the limo drove Psaier from Spain to Athens, Greece where Dylan was playing on 23rd June 1993? Dylan didn’t play Spain until July of 1993.

October 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm
(182) hamish says:

lolz, you may be right about the month ,after all it was a long time ago and the person who gave me the date is no chicken…but a few weeks here or there dose not amount to a hill of beans as they say… the facts are still the facts and can be verified by bob dylan so don’t read too much into a slip of memory .

November 3, 2011 at 5:16 pm
(183) hamish says:

after the serrano exhibition in madrid in july 1993 psaier next went to marbella in august 1993. he was invited by the mayor to exhibit at the andalucia plaza and casino hotel whilst in marbella he painted the bull fighter “el cordobe ” (real name manuel diez ) who proudly displays it over his fireplace to this day ! the exhibition was widely advertised so there ar plenty of photos on record showing large banners with psaiers name and the venue…this is irrefutable evidence that Gary and his friends have chosen to completely ignore … ps the reason our friend gary has been so quiet lately is that he spends most of his time emailing auction houses and galleries all over the country telling them that the psaier story is completely false …

November 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm
(184) hamish says:

further news, the imaginary son of the imaginary artist (according to the usual suspects ) is in the process of orginizing a joint show with victor molzv in europe in 2012 titled “the mystery of art ” it is being funded by the banco santander. peter psaier is following in his fathers footsteps.I think the lad is due an apology from certain parties …

November 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm
(185) hamish says:

further evidence relating to the psaiers, In december 1989 a showing of pietro psaiers works was held at mata mua ,the owner was don manolo segura father of borja von thyssen heir to the thyssen fortune. the gallery was located on calle fernandiz de los rios in madrid and was attended by baron von thyssen. don manolo segura was a guest at psaiers madrid exhibition helping the new sri lanka two years ago, sr segura was an early psaier fan along withthe consul general for the republic of sri lanka. sr segura and the consul general can confim these facts and of their viewing of both pietro and also his son peters works of art .

November 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm
(186) Damocles says:

@ hamish “In fact if peter psaier never existed who was the guy that the times photographed and took a statement from outside his home in Los angeles .”

A good question, hamish! Was it you? Interesting that you know about the photograph which The Times did not publish. We know someone is using the fictitious identity “Peter Psaier” The point is that there is no real Peter Psaier. Are you asking us to believe in yet another immaculate conception?

” also peter psaier is listed as living on elm st,El Segundo.Los angeles”

No he is not! Are you are getting mixed up with “Nightmare on Elm Street” or possibly with Elm Street in Lynwood CA? What I think you mean is that he is lives on East Elm Avenue, El Segundo which is where Psaier Studios Inc appears to be registered. Would you like the number so that you can check?

” and pays federal and state corporation tax”
Well this is such a welcome relief! Presumably, with your detailed knowledge of his tax affairs you can supply his EIN/TIN/Social Security number which will match in the tax records? No chance of an Al Capone scenario here then!

November 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm
(187) Damocles says:

@ hamish “and is registered as the president of studio psaier inc (so much for not existing then ! )”

Yes, the “Peter Psaier” person is also registered as being part of Factory Additions Inc but I doubt he is living at 5303 S Vermont Avenue, LA. It looked very run down last time I drove past. The El Segundo location looks a more convincing hang out.

Repeat: No Pietro Psaier, therefore no Peter Psaier

Sometimes, questions have to be insensitive if the truth is to be uncovered!

November 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm
(188) Damocles says:

@ hamish
Thank you for supplementing the information already provided by “Euridice” and “Jacqueline Chapman” about the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr Carlos Langelaan Alvarez – a tragedy which all readers will profoundly regret and for which they will wish to convey their condolences to his family. Presumably, during his last months, he lived in terror of possible arrest and interrogation by the Spanish police because of his part in the “Pietro Psaier” story. Those who enlisted his services have a terrible responsibility to bear for the undoubted pressures he suffered from and which may have contributed to his sad destiny.

November 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm
(189) Damocles says:

“Who on Earth is Victor Molzv”? Is it possible to book tickets for this momentous event and to know its proposed location and the all-important dates?

Fortunately, I have no stake in Banco Santander.

PS (Geddit?) How long do we have to wait before we can have declared officially dead the producers of the long awaited biopic on Pietro Psaier?

November 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm
(190) hamish says:

damocles, I find your remarks about dr alvares to be disgusting and I have no wish to continue a dialogue with someone who has no moral compass !!! you have gone beyond the pale….

November 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm
(191) kyri says:

hi damocles ,your theory as to why the good doctor took his own life is a reasonable assumption to make.maybe the preasure was to much.the very fact that he took his own life leads one to believe that he had psychological problems.
when hamish is losing an argument he/she bows out of the discussion,he or she has done this before but im sure that we will see another post in the future.
i was interviewd for the times article ,as a collector of psaiers, the journalists was%100 certain psaier didnt exist.
kyri,

November 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm
(192) Damocles says:

Hi Kyri, Thank you for your sensible comments which I entirely agree with, especially the last one. I sincerely hope you continue to enjoy your collection even though the artist’s identity is still unknown!

November 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm
(193) Damocles says:

No more dialog, please hamish. I assume you’re taking the 5th Amendment on all the unanswered questions!
The “Pietro Psaier” legend is now wholly discredited and the remaining works are totally without value. I think it’s time you held a pre-Christmas garage sale on South Vermont Avenue or better still on East Elm Avenue, El Segundo.
However, your latest creative contributions to the legend suggest that you would make an excellent assistant scriptwriter for the promised biopic. Just find me the long lost producers and I will give you a good reference.
Good luck with the garage sales – wherever they take place.

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