FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Seth Burrell
REAL FAKE FILM & ZENDOG PRODUCTIONS HOST IMMERSIVE EXHIBITION AT ANDERSON CONTEMPORARY
CELEBRATING NEW DOCUMENTARY REAL FAKE: THE ART, LIFE & CRIMES OF ELMYR DE HORY
NEW YORK CITY:
On May 5, 2016 Real Fake Film, ZenDog Productions and Anderson Contemporary will co-host a unique group show exhibition to celebrate the upcoming release of filmmaker Jeff Oppenheim’s new documentary “Real Fake: The Art, Life & Crimes of Elmyr de Hory.” The artists include Caroline Bergonzi, Valerie Carmet, Elenora Kupencow, Jamie Leo, Riad Miah, Roy Anthony Morrison, Andrei Petrov, Darshan Manghnani, and Max Wiedemann. The artists offer individual perspective on the themes raised within the documentary. The exhibition further relies on several immersive experiences where gallery-goers will create collaborative “fakes”, envision non-visible art, and confess their Real/Fake sins at a confessional. Anderson Contemporary, located at 180 Maiden Lane in the Financial District, Manhattan, hosts the exhibition and screening. The exhibition will remain on view through June 3 and will be open daily, Monday through Friday, 11AM to 6PM. The evening will benefit in part, Art-Start.org nurturing the voices, hearts, and minds, of New York City’s underserved youth, through consistent creative workshops inside homeless shelters, alternative to incarceration programs, and partnering youth agencies. Through art, film, and fashion, the exhibition is designed to expand the conversation of themes raised throughout Oppenheim's film.
The feature-length documentary focuses on the prolific and enigmatic forger Elmyr de Hory, who took his own life in 1976. The film offers a renewed investigation of the art, life and crimes of the infamous forger who reached near celebrity status back in the late 60s and 70s. Featured throughout the film are a cadre of experts from the United States, to Budapest, Paris, London, and Spain. The film offers further exploration through provenance, connoisseurship and forensic expertise, while affording the audience an informed, yet unpretentious behind-the-scenes tour of the art world. At the core of the film however, there is a deeper philosophical message that puts the viewer in the crosshairs of their own moral compass. “Real/Fake, stands at the intersection of beauty, authenticity and value” said Jeff Oppenheim. Real/Fake causes the audience to question their own perception of reality. “Like a fable, I found the story to be a moralistic tale, begging the age-old question of who is guiltier, the scam artist or the person scammed?” Each of the featured artists in the exhibition adds to the discourse on the perception of beauty and value through their own work and inherently the contemporary art world at large. Complementary to this is the inclusion of actual fakes featured in the film, among others. A few of the installations offer participatory interaction with the work including a “Real/Fake Confessional" where gallery-goers are encouraged to share their perspective on what’s real and what’s fake. There will be a "Real Artist Factory Collaborative Fake" that invites attendees to create a collective masterpiece just by adding their own unique thumb print, and there by represents the Art Factory model; in addition to, attendees are also invited to listen to creators of “non-visible art,” which by design inspires one's imagination in envisioning what is only there in words.
Ronni Anderson who curated the exhibition with the filmmaker states, “This exhibition is important and relevant not only in its connection to the film, but how it relates to what has been going on in the arts for decades. Working across mediums, the artists open up a dialogue on what makes a painting, a photograph, a sculpture or even a Barbie doll a work of art. This challenges the viewers to shun conventional perspective and discover their own way of looking at and valuing art.” Jeff Oppenheim comments, “more than serving as an accusation or blame game on the art world, I hope the documentary will instigate a conversation about personal perceptions and aesthetics. I offer the film as a fire-starter of sorts, to claim back art as populous media.” The film was shot on location throughout the United States & Europe and is in English and English Subtitles. ZenDog Productions produced the film with Real Fake Film. Marc Falato of ZenDog Productions says: “I was drawn to the story of Elmry De Hory from the moment I heard it. The passion and the drama of the forger’s life are captivating and the issues raised in the film continue to shape how I look at art today. ZenDog is happy to be apart of this film, and we hope the story of Elmry De Hory will cause people to rethink their ideas of art.” Elmyr often stated: "If my work hangs on the wall next to the real thing long enough, it becomes real." Today we stand on the threshold of time where these works will soon disappear amongst legitimate works, forever mistaken for the real thing.
The Real/Fake exhibition, which was made possible through the generous support of Murray Hill Properties, The Clarion Partners, Maiden Lane Hospitality, The Howard Hughes Corporation, and will remain on view through June 5 open daily Monday through Friday 11AM to 6PM. Anderson Contemporary is located at 180 Maiden Lane, New York, New York. www.andersoncontemporary.com