The April Fool Archive

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.

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Now that's funny.

Mock culture at it's finest.
Posted by christos  on  Thu Mar 31, 2005  at  10:29 PM
Nat Tate never existed?! What am I going to do with all these painting?
Posted by Peter Noodles  on  Thu Apr 28, 2005  at  01:46 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  10:52 AM
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  on  Sat Apr 15, 2006  at  02:01 PM
Hahahaha. Where are all the Yanks saying, "dude this sux, its not even funny."
Posted by Sarah  on  Sat Apr 22, 2006  at  06:19 PM
Probably too busy laughing at David Bowie
Posted by DC  on  Mon Oct 30, 2006  at  01:26 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  on  Fri Mar 30, 2007  at  07:59 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  on  Sun Apr 01, 2007  at  05:54 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  on  Wed Jan 30, 2008  at  04:03 AM