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Nat Tate -- April Fool's Day, 1998
On the eve of April Fool's Day, a lavish party was held at Jeff Koons's New York studio to honor the memory of the late, great American artist Nat Tate — a troubled abstract expressionist who destroyed 99 percent of his own work before leaping to his death from the Staten Island ferry. At the party, David Bowie read aloud selections from William Boyd's soon-to-be released biography of Tate, Nat Tate: An American Artist, 1928-1960. Critics in the crowd murmured appreciative comments about Tate's work as they sipped their drinks. What they didn't know is that Tate had never existed. He was the satirical creation of William Boyd. Bowie, Boyd, and Boyd's publisher were the only ones in on the joke.

Now that's funny.

Mock culture at it's finest.
Posted by christos  on  Fri Apr 01, 2005  at  12:29 AM
Nat Tate never existed?! What am I going to do with all these painting?
Posted by Peter Noodles  on  Thu Apr 28, 2005  at  03:46 PM
This is probably the best one I've read so's such a statement about people who try to be "in" we see just how many are fakes!
Posted by Nikki  on  Wed Mar 29, 2006  at  12:52 PM
This was on Sky One when they were talking about hoaxes, they went quite in depth.
It was hilarious, they had a "picture of him" which was taken from a photo album Boyd had bought on a street corner.
As for the paintings, Boyd drew them all LOL
Posted by Koaladude  in  England  on  Sat Apr 15, 2006  at  04:01 PM
Hahahaha. Where are all the Yanks saying, "dude this sux, its not even funny."
Posted by Sarah  in  Liverpool, UK  on  Sat Apr 22, 2006  at  08:19 PM
Probably too busy laughing at David Bowie
Posted by DC  on  Mon Oct 30, 2006  at  03:26 AM
That is a hilarious way of playing an April Fools Day joke and highlighting elitism in all of its fake-glory.

Not a fan of Bowie but I tip my hat to him and his fellow pranksters! Genius.
Posted by E.B  in  Hartford, CT, USA  on  Fri Mar 30, 2007  at  09:59 AM
Oh, this is delicious. And as for all the 'yanks', we're probably too busy laughing to comment about how this 'sux.'
Posted by Belle  in  Tokyo, Japan  on  Sun Apr 01, 2007  at  07:54 AM
Hey! I'm a 'Yank'...and we do have sophisticated enough humor to laugh at these type of jokes. I was hoping they set up a "Nate Tate" fund to sponsor his memorial dedications
Posted by Emelia  in  CT  on  Wed Jan 30, 2008  at  06:03 AM
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