"CAVEAT EMPTOR: The Secret [Ghostwritten] Life of an [Unethical, Dishonest] American 'Art' (scare quotes intended) Forger"
Book Preview: Pub date: August 20
Unconvicted because never charged yet fully admitting his past, American art forger Ken Perenyi's ghostwritten "memoir" (scare quotes intended) titled "CAVEAT EMPTOR: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger", the ghostwritten confessional tell-all of how a "tune in, turn on, drop out" high school kid from 1960s New Jersey learned to forge the great 19th century American artists and dupe the biggest auction houses and galleries in New York and London for 30 years without getting caught, was edited by Claiborne Hancock at Pegasus Books and agented by Don Fehr at Trident Media Group.
Unfortunately, he never presents the reader with an authentic depiction of the mind of a pathological fraud, which is really what the book should have been all about. Wait for the movie, with Leonardo DeCaprio reprising his role as Frank, er, Ken Perenyi?
Perenyi, a Hungarian-American most likely, given his noble surname, barely finished ninth grade, but his ghostwriter (name withheld but mentioned in the book's acknowledgements page, ''Allan Smithee'' - scare quotes intended) illustrates how he became one of America’s top unethical dishonest art forgers. Why the culture that spawned him in now celebrating him as culture hero and celebrity, with a movie option on the table as well, is beyond words. But this is America, and "catch me if you can" is the going motto, Madoff to Perenyi. Thing is Madoff got caught and charged (and sentenced), while Perenyi walked scot free.
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 30 year "career' as a professional and dishonest and unethical art forger. Today he operates his own studio in Madeira Beach, Florida.
The New York Times, the New York Post and the Guardian in the UK all gushed over this conman and are trying to make him into a culture crowd celebrity hero artist, celebrating him for his dishonesty and unethical behavior. Only a few critics are realizing how sad this is that America makes heros out of cads and ignores the real heroes of this nation.
And even before PUB DATe, they sold movie OPTION already to Ron Howard at RKO Pictures
for movie deal. another CATCH ME IF YOU CAN movie.
But doesn't anybody else object to a publisher and the enabling mainstream media like the NYT and the Post and the Guardian with their fawning, unquestioning news stories giving the book and the [con] man behind the book a free pass? What's wrong with the UK and the USA today? Yuck!