Update on the alleged misadventures of the Gallery HB
Pete is one of Todd White’s people over there at his studio. He left their number in a comment and I couldn’t resist calling him yesterday. Megan answered the phone and we had a nice chat. I said “y’all” and she exclaimed that I must be from Texas. I admitted I was. But then, so is White and apparently they hear it at the studio regularly.
She handed the phone over to Pete. He was very friendly and easy to chat with. I was looking forward to hearing about the undertakings of the last few months from a true source.
Pete said that it was never their intention to take over The Gallery HB despite what The New York Times says. Their reporting said that the signed agreement transfers the Gallery HB lease to Todd White.
Pete made it clear that they are suing the gallery, or I suppose its operator Howell, because they allege she has been making fraudulent prints. The fakes are said to include forgeries of Todd’s signature and dedications and even fudging with numbered prints.
White’s studio sent this picture to TMZ as proof that his signatures are being forged:
I had to ask why White didn’t just sue the gallery when they found out about the illicit copies. Pete’s response was that they had compassion on Howell and did not want to throw her in jail. The plan was to go to the gallery quietly, ask her to sign an agreement statement and collect back all the remaining art.
As for the case of the forged signatures, Pete suggested my in-laws send pictures of their prints’ numbers, signatures and dedications to the studio for verification. I plan to do that and I’ll post the pictures. If anyone else is interested in posting their pictures, you can email them here and I’ll put them up. If there really are dozens of forged prints out there, then surely some victims of fraud could come forward and move this discussion beyond “he said, she said.”