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Landmark Society Meeting Feb. 24

‘Forgers & Fakes’ Lecture

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, The Roslyn Landmark Society presents a lecture by Dr. Evie Joselow on “Forgers & Fakes: Studies in Art & Character” with the support of the New York Council for the Humanities. 

The lecture will be held from 8-9 p.m. at the Sterling Glen in Roslyn. Admission is free and open to the public. Sterling Glen is located at 100 Landing Rd.

This presentation focuses on specific cases and some of the most interesting characters in 19th and 20th century art forgery, from the well-known criminal to the not-so-well-known minor felons. Such stories and personages will find an audience that loves intrigue, espionage, and justice.

“Picture a Rotten Fake,” were the words used by art dealer Lord Duveen in a telegram sent in October, 1937, to warn his staff of a possible pending offer for a high-priced “Vermeer” painting. The forger, later identified as Hans van Meegeren, became known as one of the most popular and audacious forgers of the 20th century. His popularity and fame were eclipsed only by that of noted forger Elmyr de Hory, who continued to carry out the productive careers mostly of deceased French artists, producing as many as 1,000 paintings and drawings.

This presentation will focus on the practices and motivations of these noted figures, as well as other forgery cases. Their specific economic and psychological motivations, as well as individual personality quirks and character traits, will be revealed. Questions will also be raised that address the continuing challenges of determining artistic authentication.

Dr. Joselow is an independent art historian, appraiser and lecturer. She teaches design history and architectural history courses at the New York School of Interior Design, Pratt Institute, and New York University. Dr. Joselow served as the Chief of Research at the Commission for Art Recovery, an organization established to identify and locate art looted by the Nazis.

Dr. Joselow frequently lectures on art- and architecture-related topics and has been the recipient of many research fellowships for study in the United States and abroad. She has published on art and architectural subjects. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from The Graduate School of the City University of NY, and her B.A. from Vassar College.