Nat Tate : An American Artist 1928-1960 Paperback / softback
by William Boyd
The infamous literary hoax that fooled the art worldOn January 8 1960, artist Nat Tate set out to burn his entire life's work.
Four days later he jumped off a Staten Island ferry, killing himself.
His body was never found. When William Boyd published his biography of Abstract Expressionist Nat Tate, tributes poured in from a whole host of artists and critics in the New York art world.
They toasted the troubled genius in a Manhattan launch party attended by David Bowie and Gore Vidal.
But Nat Tate never existed. The book was a hoax. Will Boyd's biography of a fake artist is a brilliant probe into the politics of authenticity and reputation in the modern art scene.
It is a playful and intelligent insight into the fascinating, often cryptic world of modern art.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 80 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 18/08/2020
- Category: Art & design styles: Modernist design & Bauhaus
- ISBN: 9780241988879
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