Crocodile Tears.

Huebler, Douglas. 


Published in conjunction with the 1985 exhibition of the same name at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, ‘Crocodile Tears’ features a selection of photographs, taken from Huebler’s ‘Variable Piece no. 70’ (in which the artist aimed to “photographically document the existence of everyone alive”), and found knock-offs of works by Van Gogh, Matisse, and Degas, to illustrate a disjointed screenplay involving a number of fictitious characters dealing in high-end art forgery. The cast includes Richard Decker, a “signature artist” cranking out salable objects to pay the mortgage; Arthur Lord, known as “the great corrector” for his ability to flawlessly replicate the works of the old masters without their original “mistakes”; and Alec Gregory, a con-artist who sells knock-offs of famous paintings to unsuspecting collectors. Huebler’s parable is a witty and dark reflection on art-market politics and a compelling exploration of the problematics of authorship and authenticity. — Printed Matter.

Rochester (NY): Visual Studies Workshop Press, 1985. First edition. 4to (27.9 × 21.5 cm). Softcover. Texts in English. Wrappers. Saddle-stapled bound. Illustrated in b/w throughout. Condition: Near fine. Shelf wear and light crease to wrappers. Internally bright and clean. Item ID: 11243.

Subjects:Conceptual Art,20th Century

Format:Artists’ Books

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