A wide-ranging conversation on art forgers, prophets and purists between artist and writer Jonathon Keats, gallerist and author Richard Polsky,and curator and author Nancy Boas.
Nancy Boas is the author of a new illustrated biography, David Park: A Painter's Life, and an earlier book, The Society of Six: California Colorists, both published by the University of California Press. She was adjunct curator of American paintings at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Jonathon Keats is a conceptual artist, novelist, and critic. He is creator of Atheon. For his most recent exhibition, at Modernism Gallery in San Francisco, he customized the metric system. He has also attempted to genetically engineer God in a petri dish, in collaboration with scientists at the University of California, and petitioned Berkeley to pass a fundamental law of logic â€“ A=A â€“ a work commissioned by the city's annual Arts Festival.
He has been awarded Yaddo and MacDowell fellowships, and his projects have been documented by The San Francisco Chronicle, KQED-TV, and the BBC World Service.
Richard Polsky is author of three books on art: The Art Prophets: The Artists, Dealers, and Tastemakers Who Shook the Art World; I Bought Andy Warhol; and I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon). He is also a private art dealer and lives in Sausalito.
Artist Jonathon Keats, author of Forged: Why Fakes Are the Great Art of Our Age, argues why he believes forgers are producing today's provocative art, and why he thinks they are challenging society's discourse on expression.