NEW YORK CITY: On May 5, 2016 Real Fake Film & Zendog Productions organized a unique group show exhibition to celebrate the upcoming release of filmmaker Jeff Oppenheim’s new documentary "Real Fake: The Art, Life & Crimes of Elmyr de Hory." The artists included Caroline Bergonzi, Valerie Carmet, Elenora Kupencow, Jamie Leo, Riad Miah, Roy Anthony Morrison, Andrei Petrov, Darshan Manghnani, and Max Wiedemann. Each of the artist were chosen as they offer individual perspective on the themes raised within the documentary of beauty, authenticity and value. The exhibition and screening was hosted by the Anderson Contemporary, located at 180 Maiden Lane in the financial district, Manhattan.
The exhibition, which was co-curated by Jeff Oppenheim uses art, film, and fashion to expand the conversation of the themes raised throughout the film. The feature-length documentary focuses on the prolific and enigmatic forgery Elmyr de Hory, who took his own life in 1976. The film offers a renewed investigation of the art, life and crimes of the infamous forger who reached near celebrity status back in the late 60s and 70s. Featured throughout the film are a cadre of experts from the United States, to Budapest, Paris, London and Spain, offering further exploration through provenance, connoisseurship and forensic expertise, while affording the audience an informed, yet unpretentious behind-the-scenes tour of the art world. At the core of the film however, there is a deeper philosophical message that puts the viewer in the the crosshairs of their own moral compass.
“Real/Fake, stands at the intersection of beauty, authenticity and value” said Jeff Oppenheim. Real/Fake causes the audience to question their own perception of reality, "like a fable, I found the story to be a moralistic tale, begging the age-old question of who is guiltier, the scam artist or the person scammed." added Jeff Oppenheim.