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Johann Dieter Wassmann
Posted by The Curator on Thu Oct 16, 2003
I've already linked to the website of the art of Johann Dieter Wassmann, but The Age has a full article about this fictitious artist.
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Origami Boulders
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 18, 2003
Origami Boulder: The Japanese art of folding paper used to make round rocks
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Bleeding Napoleon, The Art of Johann Dieter Wassmann
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 04, 2003
Check out this site dedicated to the art of Johann Dieter Wassmann, a university lecturer/sewerage engineer/artist who lived and worked in Germany from 1841-1898. It's incredibly elaborate, including his life history and samples of his work. And nowhere on the site does it suggest that the entire thing is a hoax, that Johann Dieter Wassmann never existed. You only find this out if you click on the link at the bottom of the page that says 'Next Show: Melbourne International Arts Festival, 12-25 October, 2003.' This takes you to the website of the Melbourne Festival itself where it admits that, "The Wassmann Foundation and artist Johann Dieter Wassmann are constructions created by American-born installation artist Jeff Wassmann and…
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Van Gogh Caught on Film
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 06, 2003
Dutch filmmakers who claimed to have a roll of film showing Vincent Van Gogh walking by admit it was all a hoax.
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Fake Goyas
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 28, 2003
The NY Times reports on a growing controversy in the art world. The famous Black Paintings by Francisco Goya may not have been painted by Goya at all. A new book coming out speculates that they were actually painted by his son, who's been considered pretty much a nobody as far as art historians have been concerned.
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The Mystery of Splat Solved
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 10, 2003
Finally an answer to the riddle of 'what is Splat' that sounds like it's probably correct. According to John Lundberg of, Splat was a sculpture created by the British artist John Isaacs in the mid 1990s.
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Disumbrationist Art
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 25, 2003
A reader of my book wrote to me pointing out that in the book I claim that examples of Paul Jordan Smith's hoax 'Disumbrationist' paintings could be found on my website. But in fact, the paintings weren't there. My fault entirely. At some point, during some reorganization of the website, the page of Disumbrationist Art was deleted and never put back up. So here it is again, restored to its original glory. For those not familiar with the Disumbrationist story, Paul Jordan Smith was a novelist living in LA during the 1920s. As a joke he adopted the persona of a scruffy Russian artist, Pavel Jerdanowitch, and submitted some paintings 'in the modern style' to art contests. Jerdanowitch…
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Czar of the Bizarre
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 19, 2003
The Czar of Bizarre: sideshow-related art, prose, and links.
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This is not a calculator
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jun 07, 2003
I wouldn't call this a hoax website, but it's definitely a site that has a strong viewpoint about reality. To be precise, the creator of the site knows exactly what is a calculator, and what is not a calculator.
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Princess Caraboo Portrait
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 06, 2003
An 1817 portrait of Princess Caraboo done by Thomas Barker is going up for auction at Christie's soon. Bidding is supposed to reach at least £6000. If I had the money I'd bid on it. It would go nicely above my desk.
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John Myatt, forger
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 24, 2002
The forger John Myatt has now become respectable and is showing and selling his art in galleries. The works are still forgeries, but now they're openly acknowledged as such, and they're flying off the shelves.
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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 16, 2002
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch asks of the Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo dance troupe: is it parody or real ballet? What is Les Ballets Trockadero all about? From their website, it's about "teaching hairy guys in tutus how to take flight."
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Mortimer Menpes
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 21, 2002
An exhibition of the art of Mortimer Menpes is being displayed at the National Library of Australia. Menpes was known for making fakes of the works of the great masters. This was in the early 20th century.
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Museum of Forgery
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 17, 2002
The Museum of Forgery: a nomadic institution dedicated to the aesthetics of forgery.
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