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The Art of the Fake in Fiction and Non-Fiction

Alan Elsner | Posted 12.05.2012 | Books
Alan Elsner

A couple of recent books illustrate our fascination with the arcane world of art forgery. Perhaps, in this Internet age, when so little seems to be truly original, the subject of how to produce a master forgery that will fool all the experts seems particularly relevant.

Yer Cheatin' Art, Part II: Conversation With an Art Forger

Janice Harper | Posted 11.24.2012 | Arts
Janice Harper

Like a method actor who lives the role he plays with such intensity and focus that he begins to instinctively move and think like the character he is playing, an art forger needs to channel his ancestral muse so that he can envision a convincing -- and compelling -- fabrication.

Yer Cheatin' Art: An Art Forger Tells All (Part I)

Janice Harper | Posted 11.19.2012 | Arts
Janice Harper

For all the forgers' mastery of art, there remains the troubling issue of morality. What does it mean to turn such a phenomenal skill toward criminal ends? And just how criminal is it, really?