Meet author, art critic, journalist, and artist Jonathon Keats Saturday night January 26th, 6:30 pm at Gallery Bookshop. While there are many books on art appreciation, Keats' Forged: Why Fakes Are the Great Art of Our Age, is the first one on art forgery appreciation. He not only presents a rogues's gallery of some of history's greatest forgers. He also poses provocative questions about the nature of creativity and originality, as well as providing many uncomfortable insights about the art market.
Keats is the art critic for San Francisco Magazine, and has contributed art criticism and art-related articles to numerous publications. His conceptual art has been exhibited at venues including the Berkeley Art Museum.
According to Vasari, the young Michelangelo often borrowed drawings of past masters, which he copied, returning his imitations to the owners and keeping originals. Half a millennium later, Andy Warhol made a game of "forging" the Mona Lisa, questioning the entire concept of originality.