Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

Caveat Emptor The Secret Life of an American Art Forger Ten years ago an FBI investigation in conjunction with the U S Attorney s Office in the Southern District of New York was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front page ne

  • Title: Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger
  • Author: Ken Perenyi
  • ISBN: 9781605983608
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ten years ago, an FBI investigation in conjunction with the U.S Attorney s Office in the Southern District of New York was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front page news in New York and London After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality led federal agents to art dealers, renowned experts, and the major auction houses, the invesTen years ago, an FBI investigation in conjunction with the U.S Attorney s Office in the Southern District of New York was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front page news in New York and London After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality led federal agents to art dealers, renowned experts, and the major auction houses, the investigation inexplicably ended, despite an abundance of evidence collected The case was closed and the FBI file was marked exempt from public disclosure Now that the statute of limitations on these crimes has expired and the case appears hermetically sealed shut by the FBI, this book, Caveat Emptor, is Ken Perenyi s confession It is the story, in detail, of how he pulled it all off.Glamorous stories of art world scandal have always captured the public imagination However, not since Clifford Irving s 1969 bestselling fake has there been a story at all like this one Caveat Emptor is unique in that it is the first and only book by and about America s first and only great art forger And unlike other forgers, Perenyi produced no paper trail, no fake provenance whatsoever he let the paintings speak for themselves And that they did, routinely mesmerizing the experts in mere seconds.In the tradition of Frank Abagnale s Catch Me If You Can, and certain to be a bombshell for the major international auction houses and galleries, here is the story of America s greatest art forger.

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    1. Ken Perenyi

      Born in 1949 in Hoboken, New Jersey, Ken Perenyi is a self taught artist who painted his first pictures during the Summer of Love in 1967, having discovered an uncanny ability to intuitively grasp the aesthetic and technical aspects of the Old Masters A series of fateful events resulted in what was to become a thirty year career as a professional art forger Today he operates his own studio in Madeira Beach, Florida.

    783 thoughts on “Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger”

    1. Wow. Cool. Groovy. This is a very poorly written (noun, verb, predicate) expose by a guy who thinks he is too sophisticated for words. In reality he is a lying, cheating sleaze bag of a forger. Admittedly I am fascinated with forgery and restoration/conservation, but the smug, too cool for words, name-dropping non-style of this tell-all annoyed me. (Can you tell?) This is just a catalog of petty scams interspersed with lots of drugs and alcohol. At any rate, the discussions of actual forgery tec [...]

    2. Ken Penenyi is what This American Life would call an "American original." A borderline juvenile delinquent from the wrong side of the Hudson, he stumbled across art and discovered he had a knack for dissecting and duplicating the styles of other artists. With the right sponsors, he managed to mix it up with the New York City boho art and fashion scene of the 1970s and 1980s. This naturally led to a career as perhaps one of the most prolific (and successful) art forgers in American history. And h [...]

    3. I was a little skeptical of this book after the first few chapters. The writing style was a bit bland and direct and seemed to simply brag about the jubilant exploits of a teenager/20-something who was accidentally swept up in the world of fashion and art in New York City. However after this groundwork was laid the narrative progreses towards the authors growing passion for art and the way in which he began to forge the art of famous painters. This is where the book really began to become intere [...]

    4. As I was talking about this book to my husband, I said, "the writing is so bland, and direct, the story so matter of fact, there is no way this can be made up. It must be authentic." Then I said, "the irony of that statement is not lost on me." An authentic story by an art forger.Bland is the writing, but the story fascinating. Ken Perenyi clearly is a gifted artist. Chance encounters and meeting unusual people led him to discover his gift. As starving artists go, he turns to forgeries to help h [...]

    5. This book by a wildly successful American art forger is compulsively readable. Ken Perenyi created a niche for himself by imitating artists whose work is well-known (Heade, Buttersworth, etc.) but not considered Old Master (Renoir, Vermeer, etc.). He found that these artists used the same elements in different arrangements in their paintings, and so he is able to mimic the arrangements using the same elements, like books and candles in still lifes, yachts in marine paintings, or flowers and bird [...]

    6. In two weeks two different people recommended I read this. It was a very quick read and great. I'm sure I also appreciate it more than the average reader; as an artist, the technical info that was included here-and-there struck a chord.I've read several reviews stating that the story was unpleasant to read because the writing style was bland and direct. It is very matter-of-factly written, but I guess I don't see the need for flowery language when you're recounting an interesting history-- If yo [...]

    7. Son, ya’ need some culture. You’se ain’t got none.Ya wouldn’t know a Tintoretto from a Pinocchio, or a Dali from a Deli, a Monet from Money, Van Gogh from a Go-Go, a Motherwell from a Mother lode.Paintings.It takes a goomba, from New Jersey, to write a book about the art of art, to enlighten the reader to the creative process of past Masters.He was an artist himself, a wise guy, a forger.And he was good at it. A friggin’ rainmaker.This guy made a career out of selling fake paintings th [...]

    8. "Look at me, look at me!" says Ken Perenyi from the safety of this side of the statute of limitations. "I sold millions of dollars worth of forged paintings. Let me tell you about the sexy ladies I've slept with and the drugs I've done."

    9. I will first start this review by saying WOW. Now when I mean wow, I mean it in the sense that Ken Perenyi's life is like watching one of those crazy documentaries on the history channel, which you are pretty sure are fabricated, but it is just so FASCINATING (and you can't find the remote to change the channel anyway.) Ken lived near ANDY WARHOL and even sold a fake painting to him! Roy Cohn saved Ken from getting evicted from his apartment! Ken tricked Sotheby's into buying one of his painting [...]

    10. "Caveat Emptor." Let the buyer beware. When I bought Ken Perenyi's book of the same name, I assumed he was referring to the buyers of his forged art. Turns out to be a more appropriate warning for buyers of this book.Perenyi was in New York in the late '60s and early '70s, during which time he stumbled into acquaintances with several of the city's more famous personalities, including Andy Warhol and lawyer Roy Cohn. In fact, much of this book is a testament to name-dropping, none of which gives [...]

    11. So tawdry it cracks me up. Perenyi can't wait to tell readers about how he hung out with the rich and glamorous at their mansions, clubs, and art galleries, how much money he made for each fake painting, what kind of drugs he and his friends were doing and what gourmet foods they were eating. But of course he's the underdog, a blue-collar boy from New Jersey who's just trying to survive. Blink blink blink. There's a wonderful moment where he reads Dickens' Hard Times in his unheated studio (prob [...]

    12. Reader beware.I was appalled by this true story of an art forger‘s seemingly nonchalant lifelong deception while at the same time amazed at Mr. Perenyi’s technical aptitude for and appreciation of 19th century American and British paintings. Unskilled out of technical college, a young Ken Perenyi was introduced to New York City’s art and drug scene at a very young age. He quickly learns he has an aptitude for faking art and, hungry for money, he finds a use for his new-found talent and ent [...]

    13. Perenyi's book is a fast read, full of the interesting tales of a successful and unrepentant art forger. If that sounds interesting, you'll likely enjoy this book well enough.That said, unlike Perenyi's forgeries, his book is far from a masterpiece. To start, it's not very well written - it's passable, but that's about all. It could charitably be described as conversational in tone, but ultimately, the weak writing detracts. As well, there is very little in the way of character development, or e [...]

    14. Isn't there a rule about how if you're going to write a memoir about a life of crime and deception, you need to end it with some degree of contrition and remorse? There should be, because it's so annoying to finish a book and be like, this guy is very talented and also a total jerk. The grand finale is him ripping someone off for $750,000. That makes me feel bad inside. It seems to have no effect on Ken Perenyi at all; in fact it makes him want to write a book and brag about it. This is what we [...]

    15. Homeboy was one obnoxious character. If you're great at what you do (painting), let the work speak for itself. Do not pick another medium you'r not good at (writing) to tell me how awesome you are. Unless it's on twitter. That's fine on twitter.

    16. There's no denying that this is an interesting book, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had been written in prison by a remorseful Ken Perenyi.

    17. This took me entirely too long, mostly because I stalled at all the name-dropping early on. I wanted to hear more about the how of faking, and he eventually got around to that. It was interesting, but I think he was a little coy at the end.

    18. As a teenager, Ken Perenyi was an aimless youth, with no interest in school or his future. He barely graduates from trade school and does not learn a trade. Had it not been for some artist he befriends in an old mansion in New Jersey, he would have had no interest at all. There are wild parties, club hopping, lots of getting high and at some point Perenyi shows an interest in art and painting. His friends take him to museums and educate him in the world of art. He learns to paint and while viewi [...]

    19. It's almost as if two different people wrote the first and second halves of this book. The first half is written sort of stream of consciousness, with no editing and little sense of style or organization. It has a lot of celebrity name dropping and is chockablock with curious or unbelievable anecdotes told in an amateurish way--which leads me to believe much of it must be true, because why would anyone make up such unconnected and odd claims? Perenyi's colorful life among the hipsters, the avant [...]

    20. Another writer called this "tawdry," and that really describes it. What a lousy book, written by an even lousier person. Perenyi is really a loser who takes advantage of any person and any situation that serves him; he's a real scumbag. If he'd really had talent, he could have really made it, considering the people and contacts who purports to have known, but he hung out with deadbeats and blew every honest opportunity he ever had. I've read that the book was ghostwritten for him, and that makes [...]

    21. I agree with most reviews stating that the writing is bland and because of it, the first few chapters are very hard to get through. But once he starts talking about art, passion and knowledge take over and make for an exciting story with a wonderful voice. For me, my conceptions of bad and simple writing disappeared when he met Sonny the art restorer and Jimmy the American Art expert. After those key moments, which unfortunately takes about 1/5 of the book to get to, the life of true forgery and [...]

    22. I had the pleasure of meeting Ken Perenyi at writer's workshops in Florida and hearing early versions of some of the chapters contained in this fascinating book. Ken's style is matter-of-fact and refreshingly devoid of crocodile tears and hand-wringing. He did some unethical but lucrative things, he got away with them, and here he tells us how. Period. We may not share Mr. Perenyi's outlook on the world, but that's precisely what is so interesting about this no-frills peek into real-life art for [...]

    23. Fabulously entertaining and full of detail about how he pulled off more than 30 years of forgeries, Perenyi illuminates the world of art dealers, collectors, and auction houses in a way that will most likely make you not feel quite so bad for those people who bought his works, believing they were authentic. Great photos in the book, and an envious description of a rollicking lifestyle in New York, Miami, and London from the late 60s onward.

    24. This is an exhilarating ride that at times stretches credibility to breaking point. Perenyi appears to have led a charmed life, both in chance encounters that paved the way to his career as a forger, and luck in evading detection by the authorities. Early on in the book, for example, Ken co-opts infamous mob and Trump lawyer Roy Cohn to prevent his apartment block getting turned into a rehab centre. Knowing that con-men (the art of successful forging always involving the art of the con) rarely m [...]

    25. I really liked this book. Ken Perenyi didn't set off in life to be an art forger. It just seemed to be the only thing he had a real talent for. He was trained as an art restorer and ran a legitimate restoration shop and antique dealership. He also really wanted to be an artist. However when you can whip up a painting "in the style of" in a couple of weeks and sell it as a flea market find for thousands of dollars, and you have no money, there is a lot of pressure to do it. The story is told simp [...]

    26. Given the nature of the narrator, as a reader I wonder how much of the book is true. Like other reviewers, I wonder about the painting techniques used to replicate the images--the author goes well into how he could fake age or fly droppings, but he gives scant information about how he reproduced the painting techniques.And, like other readers, I am also unimpressed by the superfluous inclusion of the scenes with drugs/alcohol/women and the name dropping. But where other reviewers wanted some sho [...]

    27. Interesting story & interestingly written. Insights given into the life &work of one on the outside of the law in many respects. But appears to have been "providentially" protected from being caught up with by the law.Insights into the life & work of a remarkable artist who's main work was deceptive reproductions, technically outside the law. Many of the characters in his life were "underworld" people with evil lifestyles. Yet the story does not dwell on that aspect. They were believ [...]

    28. Listened to the audiobook. A truly fascinating story of an extremely successful art forgery career. The book has enough practical tips for someone (with heaps of artistic talent of course) to pick up the craft. It's a delightful read about the art world, the collectors, the auction houses, and the people who move in these circles - and yet another proof that more often than not, truth is WAY stranger than fiction.

    29. It is not particularly well-written, but it is very interesting. The technical details of painting fakes are are really nice, but I would have also appreciated the same level of technical detail about how the author's paintings were finally recognized as fakes. The book also badly needs to be titled "A Memoir of a Sociopath". I enjoyed the author's (somewhat textbook) warped logic so much!

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