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Pietro Psaier: Real or Hoax?
Status: UndeterminedPietro Psaier was an artist whose works fetch thousands of dollars. He was said to be a friend of Andy Warhol, which helps his saleability. But the question now perplexing the art world is whether Psaier ever actually existed.
This, from the Telegraph, is the little that's known about his life:
Here's the problem: There's no birth or death certificates. There's no solid evidence at all (such as a body) that Psaier existed. There's just a few sworn statements.
Smells like a hoax to me. The question is: Who's behind it?
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This seems to have a lot in common with Peter Carey's *Theft* book. Carey is no stranger to fictionalizing hoaxes--both *Jack Maggs* and *My Life as a Fake* had literary hoaxes as a central theme.Posted by floormaster squeeze on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 11:58 AM