Parting the Veil of Faery
: The Colmore Fatagravures
, said to date from the 1890s. "A Scottish adventurer, inventor, and photographer named Neville Colmore
claimed to have constructed a device capable of '...parting the veil of Faery...' The device, which he called the Spectobarathrum, along with all of the images he claimed to have made were believed destroyed in a fire. I believe some of these images and related artefacts may have survived." [via Apothecary's Drawer]
posted by mediareport
on Jun 19, 2007 -
The great Nat Tate hoax.
9 years ago, writer William Boyd
and singer David Bowie
(easily two of the coolest persons alive) joined forces to perpetrate one of the most elaborate art hoaxes to date: the "rediscovery" of Nat Tate, American Artist. A Boyd-penned biography
was bombastically presented in Jeff Koons'
gallery (who wasn't in on the joke)...to be enthusiastically lapped up by NYC's glitteratti. If only they had bothered to check the date...
posted by Skeptic
on Apr 1, 2007 -
A hoax that embarrassed the art world: Pavel Jerdanowitch and the Disumbrationist School of Painting
. This "joke on the art critics" was perpetrated by Paul Jordan-Smith, a former pastor who had left his calling after being charged with heresy. He went on to become a writer, editor and journalist, and in 1924 he decided to commit blasphemy against "the strange gods of modern art." The Pavel Jerdanowitch Painting Contest
was inspired by the hoax. "The challenge is to produce the worst painting every painted."
It's not too late to submit your own entry for 2007. You can check out last year's entries
, including the "loser" (winner), for inspiration.
posted by amyms
on Mar 24, 2007 -
~ Made by an anonymous French artist, this series of sculptures of kama sutra positions was supposedly exhibited at the Chambéry Modern Art Museum (Musée d'Art et d'Histoire) recently. Now you can virtually walk around them. Reminscent of that sculpture of Britney giving birth on a bearskin. But are they real? *NSFW* (Note: FLASH)
posted by crunchland
on Jul 13, 2006 -