Nat Tate An American Artist

William Boyd

£8.99

An delightfully surprising experiment from William Boyd

Paperback

Fiction

ISBN: 9780241988879

Published August 2020

80 pages

Description

The infamous literary hoax that fooled the art world, with a new introduction by William Boyd.

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 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.

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 0.4 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 5 cm