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Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Disumbrationist Art
A reader of my book wrote to me pointing out that in the book I claim that examples of Paul Jordan Smith's hoax 'Disumbrationist' paintings could be found on my website. But in fact, the paintings weren't there. My fault entirely. At some point, during some reorganization of the website, the page of Disumbrationist Art was deleted and never put back up. So here it is again, restored to its original glory. For those not familiar with the Disumbrationist story, Paul Jordan Smith was a novelist living in LA during the 1920s. As a joke he adopted the persona of a scruffy Russian artist, Pavel Jerdanowitch, and submitted some paintings 'in the modern style' to art contests. Jerdanowitch (i.e. Smith) claimed that his paintings represented the Disumbrationist School of Art. Inevitably Jerdanowitch soon became a darling of the art world, thus proving that art critics are suckers for brooding geniuses with foreign-sounding names.
Categories: Art
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 25, 2003
Comments (1)
WHo in the art world made him his darling? I'd like names, please, before I believe this.
Posted by m  on  Sat Jan 28, 2006  at  08:09 PM
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