9780143117407

Provenance : How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art

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    9780143117407

  • ISBN10:

    0143117408

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/25/2010
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
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Summary

The true story of one of the twentieth century's most audacious art frauds Filled with extraordinary characters and told at breakneck speed, Provenancereads like a well-plotted thriller. But this is most certainly not fiction. It is the astonishing narrative of one of the most far-reaching and elaborate cons in the history of art forgery. Stretching from London to Paris to New York, investigative reporters Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo recount the tale of infamous con man and unforgettable villain John Drewe and his accomplice, the affable artist John Myatt. Together they exploited the archives of British art institutions to irrevocably legitimize the hundreds of pieces they forged, many of which are still considered genuine and hang in prominent museums and private collections today.

Author Biography

Aly Sujo, who passed away in October 2008, and Laney Salisbury were a husband-and-wife team of investigative reporters, who, together and individually, covered the arts, entertainment, and foreign news for Reuters and the Associated Press. Salisbury is co-author of The Cruelest Miles. She lives with her daughter in upstate New York.

Table of Contents

Dramatis Personaep. xiii
Prologuep. 1
"I Want a Nice Matisse"p. 7
Canvas Greedp. 15
Art for Salep. 25
Crossing the Linep. 33
Mibus Wants His Money Backp. 38
Self-Made Manp. 45
Wreckers of Civilizationp. 55
At the Easelp. 64
The Fine Art of Provenancep. 72
Full Speed Aheadp. 82
After Giacomettip. 91
A Sinister Messagep. 100
The Bookwormp. 107
The Paper Trailp. 115
Falling Off a Logp. 122
The Bow Tiep. 130
Into the Whirlwindp. 136
Standing Nudep. 146
The Pond Manp. 150
Myatt's Blue Periodp. 160
The Chameleonp. 170
A Loaded Briefcasep. 178
The Auschwitz Concertp. 185
Extreme Prudencep. 194
We're Not Alonep. 199
A Slow Burn...p. 203
The Art Squadp. 211
The Macaroni Caperp. 218
Nickedp. 226
Aladdin's Cavep. 232
The Foxp. 248
Drewe Descendingp. 262
Southp. 273
The Trialp. 281
Epiloguep. 291
Authors' Notep. 307
Acknowledgmentsp. 309
Bibliographyp. 313
Indexp. 317
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