Forged Why Fakes Are the Great Art of Our Age

ISBN-10: 0199928355

ISBN-13: 9780199928354

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jonathon Keats

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According to Vasari, the young Michelangelo often borrowed drawings of past masters, which he copied, returning his imitations to the owners and keeping originals. Half a millennium later, Andy Warhol made a game of "forging" the Mona Lisa, questioning the entire concept of originality.Forged explores art forgery from ancient times to the present. In chapters combining lively biography with insightful art criticism, Jonathon Keats profiles individual art forgers and connects their stories to broader themes about the role of forgeries in society. From the Renaissance master Andreadel Sarto who faked a Raphael masterpiece at the request of his Medici patrons, to the Vermeer counterfeiter Han van Meegeren who duped the avaricious Hermann Goring, to the frustrated British artist Eric Hebborn, who began forging to expose the ignorance of experts, art forgers have challenged"legitimate" art in their own time, breaching accepted practices and upsetting the status quo. They have also provocatively confronted many of the present-day cultural anxieties that are major themes in the arts. Keats uncovers what forgeries - and our reactions to them - reveal about changing conceptions of creativity, identity, authorship, integrity, authenticity, success, and how we assign value to works of art. The book concludes by looking at how artists today have appropriated many aspects of forgerythrough such practices as street-art stenciling and share-and-share-alike licensing, and how these open-source "copyleft" strategies have the potential to make legitimate art meaningful again. Forgery has been much discussed - and decried - as a crime. Forged is the first book to assess great forgeries as high art in their own right.
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/5/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Jonathon Keatspens the “JargonWatch” column forWired Magazineand has written forThe Washington Post,Popular Science,and salon.com. He lives in San Francisco.

The Art of Forgery
Six Modern Masters
What Is Belief?
Lothar Malskat (1913-1988)
What Is Authenticity?
Alceo Dossena (1878-1937)
What Is Authority?
Han van Meegeren (1889-1947)
What Is History?
Eric Hebborn (1934-1996)
What Is Identity?
Elmyr de Hory (1906(?)-1976)
What Is Culture?
Tom Keating (1917-1984)
Forging a New Art
Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Index
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