Vraiment faux

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Publication Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Jouy-en-Josas

French version only

Softback, 23.5 × 32 cm, 164 pages, 169 color and black-and-white reproductions

Texts by Jean-Michel Bader, Sylvie Béguin, Colette Bel, Estelle Berruyer, Mike Bidlo, Jacques Blazy, Oscarine Bosquet, Maurice Braud, Caroline Bringaud, Philippe Cézanne, André Chastel, Fifi Chachnil, Jean-Paul Coffre, Eric Ellen, Jean-Roger Fabris, Paolo Fabbri, Jacques Fougeray, Alain Jaubert, Éric Laurent, Gérard-Georges Lemaire, André Mailfert, Valérie Malfoy, Dominique Pagès, Claude Picasso, Andrée Putman, Jean-Michel Ribettes, Pierre Rosenberg, Béatrice Roussel, Alain Sauret, Jean-Marie Schmitt, François Séguret, Lucien Terras, Jean-Loup Tournier, Paul Virilio

ISBN: 2-86925-017-7

Publication: June 1988

About the publication

From fakes to forgery, copies to new editions, and simulation to substitute, the exhibition Vraiment faux at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in 1988 dealt with a vast, ambiguous subject that runs from the sordid to the sublime. With the help of official institutions, firms, and legal entities or beneficiaries who were victim to imitations, the exhibition brought together characteristic examples of fakes. Working in collaboration with top-level scientists, another section covered the technological advances of the 1980s and showed how the artists conducted their research into illusion. The exhibition catalog portrays this technological and artistic research and serves as a bona fide record of the state of forgery in France at the time.