This is from the City Lights Books webpage, but stay tuned for the forthcoming interview to Mr. Keats by... me (in English and Italian).
Jonathon Keats discussing art forgeries throughout the ages
Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 7:00 P.M., City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Celebrating the new book Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of Our Age, from Oxford University Press.
According to Vasari, the young Michelangelo often borrowed drawings of past masters, which he copied, returning his imitations to the owners and keeping originals. Half a millennium later, Andy Warhol made a game of "forging" the Mona Lisa, questioning the entire concept of originality.
Forgery has been much discussed--and decried--as a crime. Forged is the first book to assess great forgeries as high art in their own right.
Jonathon Keats is a critic, journalist and artist. He is the art critic for San Francisco Magazine, and has contributed art criticism to Art & Antiques, Art + Auction, Art in America, ARTnews, Artweek, and Salon.com. His arts writing has also appeared in Wired Magazine, ForbesLife Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor. He is most recently the author of Virtual Words: Language on the Edge of Science and Technology (OUP). His conceptual art has been exhibited at venues including the Berkeley Art Museum, the Hammer Museum, and the Wellcome Collection. He is represented by the Modernism Gallery in San Francisco. Visit www.modernisminc.com