Written by Tom Brogan

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Topics: Art

Friday, 5 October 2001

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Full of Forgery?

An installation by renowned artist Herman Footzgerbil at the Tate Gallery was today exposed as a forgery. 'Bedsheet Rockery' a pile of rocks covered by a bedsheet, was discovered not to be by Footzgerbil but by a master-forger named Ron McTash. The gallery immediately withdrew the exhibit. "We're ashen faced," Roderick Huff curator, said today. McTash commented, "This is a talent I've had for some time and see nothing wrong by making a few quid."

Gallery visitors were outraged. Alan Fool (25) had this to say, "You stand there for hour after hour admiring what you think is a beautiful piece of art by a talented artist. Only to be told that it's actually all been lies, just a copy, albeit a brilliant copy, done by some nobody. I mean what is he a builder or something? Not a talented artist. I'm outraged."

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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