TABLE OF CONTENTS Part One The Art of Forgery Part Two Forgers: Six Modern Masters Lothar Malskat: What is Belief? Alceo Dossena: What is Authenticity? Han van Meegeren: What is Authority? Eric Hebborn: What is Heritage? Elmyr de Hory: What is Identity? Tom Keating: What is Culture? Part Three Forging a New Art Further Reading
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.
"[A] succinct, intelligent, and very readably summary." --New York Review of Books "For some time and in a wide variety of media, Jonathon Keats has been revealing himself to be one of the most witty, penetrating and deeply contemplative minds of this young century. In careful and skeptical depth, his work searches and researches the unrevealed truths that lie behind many things we take for granted. In this bold, typically irreverent work, Keats asks a basic and impertinent question: Can any legitimate artwork match the public impact and significance of a scandalous forgery? Whatever we decide, in the end we are aware that we've been in the midst of that rarest of presences these days: a wholly original mind capable of expressing itself with clarity, precision and humor."--Stanley Bing, columnist, Fortune Magazine "Jonathon Keats's playfully learned volume is not only a history of modern art-faking but also a philosophical investigation of creativity and repetition in our era. It won't tell you how to forge, but it may convince you that you should." --John Dorfman, editor-in-chief, Art & Antiques "According to Jonathon Keats, 'Forgers are the foremost artists of our age.' To which I might add, 'Keats's new book is about to become the foremost text on the compelling world of fakes and forgeries." - Richard Polsky, author of The Art Prophets and I Bought Andy Warhol quote