Holy Hoaxes: a Beautiful Deception. Celebrating William Voelkle's collecting, New York
23 East 73rd Street, 7th Floor,
New York, NY 10021 January 17 - February 2, 2019 OPENING AND RECEPTION
Wednesday January 16 2019, 6 to 8 pm EXHIBITION
Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
EVENTS (William "Bill" Voelkle unveils his collection)
Sunday, January 20th, 6 to 7 pm: Who really is the Spanish Forger?
Wednesday, January 23rd, 6 to 7 pm: Building my collection: the Backstory
Saturday, January 26th, 11 to 12 pm: Worldwide Forgeries: Ethiopian, Egyptian, Indian, and Mesoamerican
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William Voelkle, Curator Emeritus of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Morgan Library and Museum, retired in September after fifty years at this illustrious institution. The present exhibition celebrates one of "Bill's" life-long passions - the collection of fakes and forgeries he assembled over nearly five decades. His role in establishing the fame of the Spanish Forger is well-known from the 1978 exhibition (and monograph) on this artist at the Morgan.
Works exhibited are widely diverse. In addition to the Spanish Forger, they include illuminations sold as "real" but unmasked as fakes by Bill or other of his art-historian colleagues.
Sandra Hindman, Founder and CEO of Les Enluminures, states "It's with much pleasure that we mount this exhibition to celebrate William Voelkle's collection. I myself have long worked on fakes, forgeries, and copyists of medieval manuscripts, and this occasion helps me acknowledge my debt to Bill's groundbreaking work.