Nat Tate

Author: Boyd, William
Homepage_9780241988879

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  • : $19.95(AUD)
  • : 9780241988879
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : July 2020
  • : 19.99
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  • : Boyd, William
  • : Paperback
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Description

The infamous literary hoax that fooled the art world


On 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.