Nat Tate: An American Artist 1928-1960

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Artist Nathwell Tate was born in 1928 in Union Beach, New Jersey. On January 8, 1960, he contrived to round up and burn almost his entire output. Four days later he killed himself. This book offers an account of Tate’s life and work.

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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.

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Weight 0.072 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 0.5 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

128

Language

English

Edition

|Reprint

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K