September 3, 2011

AND ART CAN ONLY BE JUDGED BY AESTHETICS:

The NS Interview: John Myatt, former art forger (Samira Shackle, 24 August 2011, New Statesman)

Do you think it's morally wrong to forge art?

I don't. A good fake is a good thing. It's interesting that when it is revealed as a fake, people feel differently about it. I would gladly have a house full of good fakes. When very rich people buy these fantastic paintings, the first thing they do is stick them in a vault in the bank and have copies made to stick on the wall.

What makes an original an original if you can't tell the difference visually?

You can piggyback on someone else's inspiration but they had the inspiration before you. In terms of aesthetics, is there a difference between an original and a good fake? Not really.

There are now forgeries of your forgeries. How do you feel about that?

There was somebody advertising my paintings. What a fool I'd look if I called the police.

As many as 120 of your fraudulent paintings are still in circulation. What would you do if you came across one?

I would never do anything. It would be cruel to the people who have got the paintings. After all, they bought them in good faith. Who am I to interfere?


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