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Art Forgery — MyStudios.com has an interesting History of Art Forgery (via Fiendish Is The Word). Plus, they challenged 20 contemporary artists to create works in the style of past masters, and you can see the results here.
Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2003.   Comments (0)

Johann Dieter Wassmann — 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.
Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2003.   Comments (0)

Origami Boulders — Origami Boulder: The Japanese art of folding paper used to make round rocks
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003.   Comments (1)

Bleeding Napoleon, The Art of Johann Dieter Wassmann — 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…
Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2003.   Comments (1)


Van Gogh Caught on Film — Dutch filmmakers who claimed to have a roll of film showing Vincent Van Gogh walking by admit it was all a hoax.
Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2003.   Comments (0)

Fake Goyas — 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.
Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2003.   Comments (0)

The Mystery of Splat Solved — Finally an answer to the riddle of 'what is Splat' that sounds like it's probably correct. According to John Lundberg of circlemakers.org, Splat was a sculpture created by the British artist John Isaacs in the mid 1990s.
Posted: Thu Jul 10, 2003.   Comments (0)

Disumbrationist Art — 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…
Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2003.   Comments (1)

Czar of the Bizarre — The Czar of Bizarre: sideshow-related art, prose, and links.
Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2003.   Comments (0)

This is not a calculator — 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.
Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2003.   Comments (0)

Princess Caraboo Portrait — 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.
Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2003.   Comments (0)

John Myatt, forger — 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.
Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2002.   Comments (0)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo — 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."
Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2002.   Comments (0)

Mortimer Menpes — 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.
Posted: Sun Jul 21, 2002.   Comments (0)

Museum of Forgery — The Museum of Forgery: a nomadic institution dedicated to the aesthetics of forgery.
Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2002.   Comments (0)

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