“If you hang them in a museum and if they hang long enough,” said Elmyr in F is for Fake, “then they become real.”

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Catherine Schofield Sezgin, writes about Elmyr de Hory, and issues of identity, in ARCAblog (Association for Research into Crimes Against Art):

“The artist who copyrighted his mind in 2003, Jonathan Keats, questions the concept of originality in his new book, FORGED: Why Fakes Are the Great Art of Our Age (December 2012, Oxford University Press). He writes a section on art forger Elmyr de Hory.

The forger most commonly known as Elmyr de Hory fabricated his name, his life story, and had so little credibility that quantifying the number of oil paintings faked is unknown even decades after his suicide in Ibiza in 1976. Keats writes:

Elmyr’s plagiarism of authentic works only served to obfuscate, confounding the identification of work he really faked. In the catalogue for a 2010 de Hory retrospective at the Hillstrom Art Museum, Irving estimated that up to 90 percent of Elmyr’s forgeries remained undetected. “Elmyr’s illegitimate masterpieces in public and private collections under the names of a number of the great Modernists may continue resting undisturbed, perhaps forever,” mused museum director Donald Myers, inadvertently echoing de Hory. (“If you hang them in a museum and if they hang long enough,” said Elmyr in F is for Fake, “then they become real.”)”

Read the rest, on ARCAblog, linked here.

Read more about Elmyr de Hory, on the Wikipedia article, linked here. Visit Elmyr’s website – which is maintained by Mark Forgy, his friend and protégé – linked here.

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Elmyr-de-Hory-Braque

Previously on Art is Life:

“F is for Fake” (Orson Welles, 1973, Full Movie)

“Artful Codgers” the amazing story of an improbable gang of art forgers, the Greenhalghs

Pietrasanta’s CAV, the Centro Arti Visive offers a Masters in the Detection of Art Forgery

Renaissance masterpiece or fantastic forgery? Foundation “unveils” second Mona Lisa, amid controversy

This just in: Isleworth Mona Lisa confirmed, by new tests, as a true Leonardo! … – er, wait, THIS just in: Isleworth Mona Lisa scientific findings debunked as “nonsense;” painting back to dubitable status

Fake Modigliani heads get a Museum of their own – thirty years after the controversial hoax

“Modigliani” forged …again! Arrested president of the artist’s Archive – artwork worth 6,650,000 euro seized

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