Lies and the Lying Artists Who Tell Them


Art journalist Jen Graves was dismayed to discover she had been lied to by someone claiming to be an outsider artist who in fact had a fairly well-established career.

But when she began to look more closely at lies other artists had told (or not told, to their detriment), she realized fraud in the art world wasn’t as simple as it seemed.

Read her investigation of artists’ strange deceptions and the “unbelievable pressure…to just completely make some stuff up” at the Stranger.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →