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FAKE! -- Adventures of the Greatest Art Forger of Our Time (English Edition) von [Irving, Clifford]
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The Chicago Tribune called FAKE! "The wild, true story of three men who raped the art world . . . one of the most sophisticated suspense sagas of our time."

FAKE! is an incredible and often hilarious tale of three rogues -- a Jewish aristocrat, an American con man, and a beautiful Canadian boy -- who in the last century swindled oil tycoons, movie stars, top art galleries and great museums, and almost caused the collapse of the international art world.

It is considered the best book ever written about fake art and was the inspiration for filmmaker Orson Welles' last major movie, "F For Fake," now a cult classic.

Where? - London, Paris, New York, Texas, Tokyo, and the decadent, sunny Mediterranean island of Ibiza, the disco capital of Europe.

Who? -- Elmyr de Hory: an elegant Hungarian whom World War II had stripped of everything but his genius at imitating Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Renoir, and other great painters of the 20th century.

Fernand Legros: a ruthless Egyptian-born American who decreed that museums, art galleries and millionaire collectors should finance his love of luxury and pretty boys.

Reál Lessard: an Adonis-like Canadian youth who began as Fernand's protegé and in the end out-dueled the master in avarice and cunning.

"A delightfully vicious book, a joy to read and contemplate." -- Pablo Picasso

"A story to remember and revel in." -- St. Louis Globe-Democrat

BONUS: This 2014 edition includes a freshly updated 30-page Author's Postscript dealing with Elmyr de Hory's alleged suicide.


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16 von 16 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
3.0 von 5 Sternen An entertaining, fast read about a prolific art forger 15. August 2013
Von Carrie - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is an entertaining look at a career forger's life, relationships, and experience in the art world, both as a legitimate artist and as a forger. I loved it. The book is well-researched; the author was friends with Elmyr de Hory (the forger) and verified (to the extent possible) de Hory's accounts of events in his life. De Hory was a global traveler during his forging years, so the book takes us all over the world and describes his interactions with artists, art dealers, and eventually his "partners" (from whom he often tried to distance himself). It was also a very interesting look at art dealing, art experts, and auction houses.

As entertaining a character as de Hory was, however, his life was sad and tragic. I found myself alternating between feeling bad for him and feeling as though he had opportunities to change his situation. He (and one of his despised partners) were both so outrageous that they sometimes came across as caricatures, but the author verified witness accounts of their behaviors, so they were nevertheless believable.

The epilogue to the book (in which the author reveals some details that he couldn't reveal in the first publication of the book) was also very interesting and was necessary (in my opinion) to fully understanding the whole story.

I bought this book on Kindle and did notice some typos and formatting issues with the pictures of the forgeries, but it was still readable in this format.

Follow-up: In the epilogue, the author mentions "legal issues" with his publisher over another book about Howard Hughes. I decided to Google that to see what he was referring to. It turns out that he was accused of, and eventually admitted to, forging an autobiography of Howard Hughes. In the epilogue to Fake!, Irving describes how Elmyr de Hory did not like the way he was portrayed in Fake!. I guess this does make me a little skeptical of the author, even though I don't know if that skepticism is with merit because Fake! did seem well-researched and doesn't seem to be surrounded with controversy. However, I am revising my star count from 5 to 3 because I don't feel entirely confident in the book's accuracy. Prior to reading about the Howard Hughes autobiography scandal, however, I found the book believable. So take these words with a grain of salt.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Fake was not entiely a bore 2. September 2013
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It starts well but it loses something about the millionth time there is a conflict between our anti-hero and his business mates, all of whom are gay and into easy money. Mr. de Hory was a talented painter but the writer seems to not understand art well enough to explain that he was only able to copy. he did not seem to have anything original to say. He also did not have the ability to be truthful to himself or others and he attracted the like who took full advantage of the situation.
The best parts are how they got away with it. The author seems to think the art dealers were naive but i think the lack of integrity on everyone's part lead to a lot of fake art that is probably still around. And perhaps it really does not matter.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen He wasn't a great salesman. They found him - the salesmen did ... 6. Dezember 2014
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I have to admit - I was biased. I felt immediate sympathy for the artist who painted forgeries. He wanted to paint straight. He tried to sell his own. His career was so so. To fool the gallery masters and experts with a Modigliani, Picasso, Matisse "original masterpiece" was outright champagne and glory!
The money poured in. Sort of. He wasn't a great salesman. They found him - the salesmen did - Elmyr of the golden pencil and paint brush was too good to not be exploited. And they did. His fakes took off, to galleries, private collections, admiring connoisseurs. He was in it deep by then. His friends-salesmen were getting rich, very happily rich. They said "Elmyr - paint more, you are so wonderful! They paid him just enough to live on a resort-island and travel -- and paint paint paint. Fakes!
I was an artist too, painting portraits. It was an ok living. Could I have painted a Matisse? Sure. Maybe. Elmyr de Hory was on the run several times in his life. He went to jail in the end, but the authorities were gentle with him. After all - he was a genius.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting and timely considering new forgery trial underway in Manhattan. 4. Februar 2016
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I enjoyed reading it. The whole subject of art forgery is interesting. I finished it just as the news was coming on about the chairman of Sotheby's suing a gallery that sold him a fake Mark Rothko painting. That trial is underway in Manhattan now and I can't help thinking about all the issues raised by Elmyr de Hory. This was the first Clifford Irving I've read. I'm interested to read another of his books to see if I get used to his style of writing. It seemed a bit repetitive to me, but a quick read.
3.0 von 5 Sternen A Piece of Cultural History... 15. April 2016
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I know that at the time of its original publication, Fake! was a big deal, so as a piece of cultural history it was worth reading. The nature of the art market at the time, the ease with which frauds were accepted as real without provenance or any real scientific examinations, and the personalities in the mix were all fascinating. But the book itself was disappointing. It's repetitive and riddled with typographical errors. Readers often complain about the lack of copy editing today, but wow... lots of strange mistakes in this electronic version of a thoroughly edited book from the past.
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