Genuine Fakes

How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff
Product Number: WEB323041
Released: 08 Aug, 2019
Business Term: OBOU Purchase
ISBN: #9781472961815
Publisher: Bloomsbury Sigma
Please log in to view pricing


'Lively, thought-provoking and consistently surprising. Lydia Pyne is the real deal.' Ed Yong, author of New York Times bestseller I Contain MultitudesDoes an authentic Andy Warhol painting need to be painted by Andy Warhol? Why do audiences feel outraged when they find out that scenes from their beloved blockbuster documentaries are staged? Can people move past assuming that a diamond grown in a lab is a fake? What happens when a forged painting or manuscript becomes more valuable than its original?This is a book about genuine fakes - the curious and complex objects that provoke these very sorts of questions. Genuine fakes fall in between things that are real and things that are not; whether or not we think that those things are authentic is a matter of perspective. Unsurprisingly, the world is full of genuine fakes - full of things that defy simple categorization.From stories of audacious forgeries to feats of technological innovation, historian Lydia Pyne explores how the authenticity of eight genuine fakes depends on their unique combinations of history, science and culture. The stories of art forgeries, fake fossils, nature documentaries, synthetic flavours, museum exhibits, Maya codices and Palaeolithic replicas shows that genuine fakes are complicated and change over time.Drawing from historical archives, interviews, museum exhibits, science fiction as well as her own research, Pyne brings each genuine fake to life through unexpected and often outrageous stories. Genuine Fakes will make readers think about all the unreal things that they encounter in their daily lives and why they invoke the reactions - surprise, wonder, understanding or annoyance - that they do.

Author(s): Lydia Pyne
Genre: Arts
Original Publish Date: 08 Aug, 2019

Stay up to date with Wavesound news and announcements

telling your story