Released on 28 Mar 2013
Art forgery: crime or high art?
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.
From the Renaissance master Andrea del Sarto who faked a Raphael masterpiece at the request of his Medici patrons, 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. In Forged, Jonathon Keats combines lively biography with insightful art criticism to uncover 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.
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.
Jonathon Keats is a critic, journalist and artist. He is the art critic for San Francisco Magazine, and has contributed art criticism to Art & Antiques, Art + Auction, Art in America, ARTnews, Artweek, and Salon.com. His arts writing has also appeared in Wired Magazine, ForbesLife Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor. He is most recently the author of Virtual Words: Language on the Edge of Science and Technology (OUP). His conceptual art has been exhibited at venues including the Berkeley Art Museum, the Hammer Museum, and the Wellcome Collection.
978-0-19-992835-4 | £14.99 in hardback | 28 March 2013
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