Forgery is a provocative presence in the art world that captures attention in the press and inspires books about the exploits of famous fraudsters as well as scholarly articles and monographs. But missing until now has been a big-picture look at the phenomenon of art forgery. The Many Faces of Art Forgery provides a unique treatment that features historical highlights, philosophical insights, psychological profiles, economic theories, and legal statutes and cases.
Key features woven into the author's presentation include:
In all, readers will understand the substantial place forgery occupies in the realm of art, as well as that what constitutes authentic versus inauthentic is not always clear-cut, nor are legal and moral judgments about forgery. In conveying this message, the author provides a wealth of scholarly content and interesting anecdotes in an accessible and engaging style suitable for experts and general readers alike.
William Casement is a philosopher, writer, and former art dealer and gallery owner. He holds a PhD in philosophy from Georgetown University and left a successful career as a professor to join the art business world. His writings span several fields including art, where his various articles on forgery range from scholarly expositions to an account of his personal experiences as a dealer. He currently lives in Naples, Florida.
I: The Presence of Art Forgery
Before the Renaissance
Renaissance through 17th Century
18th and 19th Centuries
Into the 20th Century
From the Less Notorious to the Virtually Unknown
Confronting Art Forgery
II: What is a Forgery? What is Authentic?
III: A Face-Off of Value
The Mind of the Forger
Mitigated Culpability and Alternative Economics
The Perfect Fake
IV: Reflections on the Big Picture
Based on deep scholarship across a remarkably broad field, yet written with a light touch…a notably excellent book of importance and potentially wide interest.
This is an extremely well researched and structured book that does not overlook a single relevant issue in the area of art fraud while presenting the topic in a very accessible way.
Takes the reader on a provocative and highly informative trek through the world of art fraud, profiling cases and bad actors and controversial perspectives on authenticity.
Provides a truly panoptic yet readable insight into the multi-faceted ‘discipline’ of art forgery, through the eyes, and with the anecdotal colour, of a seasoned and experienced art professional.
Includes 24 photographs, most of forgeries with interesting backstories.