Trick or Treat: Museum Lecture Fakes and Forgeries by Richard Kay

Museum Lecture at Matthews Hall on Tuesday 28th September, doors open 11.30 am for 12 noon start

Originally planned for October 2020 we are very pleased to welcome Richard Kay MA (Lawrences Auctioneers) to speak about Fakes and Forgeries. So, although it may be a little early for ‘Trick or Treat’ we do hope you are able to join us for what, we are sure, will be a fascinating lecture. The talk will cover some notable, curious, unexpected and cunning fakes and forgeries in the art market from the Renaissance to the present day. In addition to showing examples that have been too complex to identify and others that were too simplistic to ever be plausible, the work of three notorious forgers will be shown and an assessment made of why we value authenticity so highly only when we discover that we have been misled by the skills of a deceiver. Can a picture be an outright fake and wholly genuine at the same time? How trustworthy is a signature? And what mistakes do forgers make that enable us to spot their imposture?

Following a degree in the History of Art at the University of St. Andrews, Richard began his career at Sothebys in 1987. He worked in their salerooms in Chester, Sussex and London, focusing on British and European pictures. Richard is a regular lecturer, devising talks for study days at Lawrences Auctioneers on themes as varied as Mona Lisa and Minimalism, he also speaks to local art groups, NADFAS and Sothebys Institute of Art amongst many others. He was a regular contributor to Antique Collecting magazine for over 20 years.