This Artist’s Counterfeits of Blue-Chip Icons Blend Fake News With Satire of the Art World

Show of the Day: “CB Hoyo: Keeping It Real” at Imitate Modern, London.

CB Hoyo, What Is This (2017). ©CB Hoyo. Courtesy Imitate Modern.

CB HOYO

“Keeping It Real”
Imitate Modern, London

What the Gallery Says: “CB Hoyo creates work that playfully questions artistic authenticity and monetary value in an era defined by fake news and social media. ‘Keeping It Real,’ opening on 8 February, will present around 20 ‘new fakes’ by the artist, inspired by the work of artists including Cy Twombly, Rene Magritte, Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.”

Why It’s Worth a Look: This is your chance to see an all-new body of work from the 22-year-old artist who paints skilled copies of famous works before defacing them with his tongue-in-cheek commentary. Hoyo has a growing collector base—his work is currently collected by the singer Dua Lipa—and following who appreciate both his raw artistic talent (who else can mimic all the greats so successfully?) and his witty commentary on the art market, forgery, and fake news. With sardonic slogans such as “The Richer I Am The Less People Will Question My Fake Rothko,” and “This Basquiat is Fake but it Still Gets me Laid,” CB Hoyo’s work is sure to amuse.

What It Looks Like:

CB Hoyo, Brillo Tower (2017). ©CB Hoyo. Courtesy Imitate Modern.

CB Hoyo, You Don’t Have to be a Genius (2017). ©CB Hoyo. Courtesy Imitate Modern.

CB Hoyo, Sweet Sixteen (2017). ©CB Hoyo. Courtesy Imitate Modern.

CB Hoyo, Satan (2017). ©CB Hoyo. Courtesy Imitate Modern.

CB Hoyo, Non-Existent Haring Twombly (2017). ©CB Hoyo. Courtesy Imitate Modern.

CB Hoyo, Matisse to Impress (2017). ©CB Hoyo. Courtesy Imitate Modern.

CB Hoyo, Keeping It Real (2017). ©CB Hoyo. Courtesy Imitate Modern.

CB Hoyo, In Case of Divorce (2017). ©CB Hoyo. Courtesy Imitate Modern.

CB Hoyo, Great Again (2017). ©CB Hoyo. Courtesy Imitate Modern.

CB Hoyo, Fake News (2017). ©CB Hoyo. Courtesy Imitate Modern.

CB Hoyo, Fake Hypebeast (2017). ©CB Hoyo. Courtesy Imitate Modern.

CB Hoyo, Disney (2017). ©CB Hoyo. Courtesy Imitate Modern.

CB Hoyo “Keeping It Real” is on view through February 28, 2018.

Imitate Modern is located at 19 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7PJ.


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