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Provenance How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art review Π103 Laney Salisbury à 3 download download ٠eBook or Kindle ePUB à Laney Salisbury Gs some of them breathtakingly good and most of them selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars Many of these fakes are still out in the world considered genuine and hung prominently in private houses large galleries and prestigious museums And the sacred archives undermined by John Drewe remain tainted to this day Provenance reads like a well plotted thriller filled with unforgettable characters and told at a breakneck pace But this is most certainly not fiction; Provenance is the meticulously researched and captivating account of one of the greatest cons in the history of art forge. Amazingly good read and a real page turner I admit that I read the book primarily because of an interest in John Myatt the art forger While Myatt figures prominently the book is mainly about John Drewe the mastermind behind an incredible and widespread art fraud involving hundreds of paintings and dozens of people who wittingly or unwittingly participated in the events over a period of ten years Drewe was also a forger but of provenance the paper trail that documents the authenticity of a work of art And he was one amazing and self confident con man The details are mind boggling I felt a good deal of sympathy for Myatt who got conned too He got sucked into Drewe s scheme when destitute and particularly vulnerable He didn t even realize that his paintings were being passed off as the real thing at first By the time he did he was pretty far into it But there was point at which he knew he was crossing a line He eventually extricated himself from Drewe and his scheme and cooperated fully with the long police investigation and eventual trial I got interested in Myatt after watching a 10 episode series called The Forger s Masterclass all on YouTube in which Myatt teaches students to paint in the style of various famous artists eg Hockney Monet Cezanne etc It s great fun and I liked Myatt so much after watching that I was already sympathetic to him when I read the bookI read this at least as fast as Carreyrou s Bad Blood

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Provenance How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art review Π103 Laney Salisbury à 3 download download ٠eBook or Kindle ePUB à Laney Salisbury A tautly paced investigation of one the 20th century's most audacious art frauds which generated hundreds of forgeries many of them still hanging in prominent museums and private collections today Provenance is the extraordinary narrative of one of the most far reaching and elaborate deceptions in art history Investigative reporters Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo brilliantly recount the tale of a great con man and unforgettable villain John Drewe and his sometimes unwitting accomplices Chief among those was the struggling artist John Myatt a vulnerable single father who was manipulated b. Provenance is the story of a very long con John Drewe only one of his names a pathological liar with a phenomenal memory for trivia gleefully trashed the modern history of European art through the 1990s while moving hundreds perhaps thousands of forged paintings through major galleries and auction houses all the while being feted by the art establishment And it s all trueDrewe didn t forge the paintings himself He outsourced that job to John Myatt an amateur painter and general sad sack who whipped up new works by Modernist artists using house paint and scrap lumber Drewe wasn t even the first to devise fake provenances collection histories for fake paintings His innovation was to hack the archives of major museums such as London s Tate Gallery and the Victoria Albert Museum to insert the fakes into the very fabric of art history The lengths he went to in order to pass off the phonies as realies are almost as amazing as the fact that so many reputed art experts and galley owners swallowed the scam whole This will not be comfortable reading for art insidersAuthors Salisbury and Sujo tell the tale in almost novelistic form The players aren t just names but full fledged characters with their thoughts and dialog recreated convincingly The authors dole out background information as needed avoiding the lengthy infodumps that often plague even popular histories The outline of the story itself is almost cinematic you can find all the major beats of a crime film in the plot and the same momentum The only things missing are the car chases and the climactic shootoutThere are a few stumbles along the way There s a certain amount of repetition especially in the final uarter of the book when the police are on the case and are discovering the same facts from different sources The close focus on the major players loosens during the trial scenes which become reportage rather than storytelling A glossary would be helpful for non specialist readers And if there was ever a true crime book that screamed out for pictures this is it unless you re familiar with the works of Giacometti Nicholson or Dubuffet you won t have any idea what the real or fake paintings look likeIf con artists are your cuppa Provenance is for you The same goes if you enjoy seeing privilege with egg on its face Even if you know nothing about Modern art you ll be able to connect with the characters and go along on their long strange ride You can t hope to find a fictional character as outlandish as the real life John Drewe And at the end you ll never look at a painting in a museum the same way again

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Provenance How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art review Π103 Laney Salisbury à 3 download download ٠eBook or Kindle ePUB à Laney Salisbury Y Drewe into becoming a prolific art forger Once Myatt had painted the pieces the real fraud began Drewe managed to infiltrate the archives of the upper echelons of the British art world in order to fake the provenance of Myatt's forged pieces hoping to irrevocably legitimize the fakes while effectively rewriting art history The story stretches from London to Paris to New York from tony Manhattan art galleries to the esteemed Giacometti and Dubuffet associations to the archives at the Tate Gallery This enormous swindle resulted in the introduction of at least two hundred forged paintin. This is a mind bending walk through The Art of the Con as practiced by con master John Drewe simultaneously and serially known as John Cockett a different Mr Cockett Mr Sussman Mr Green Mr Atwood Mr Martin Mr Bayard and Mr CoverdaleJohn Drewe and the skilled painter John Myatt together perpetrated one of the longest running and most extensive art frauds of the late 20th century extending from London to America and the continent and from there around the world Breathtaking high wire stunts of impersonation and art forgery archive diving and modification provenance creation and solicitation all came to a halt nearly a decade after it had begun when a few of the than two hundred paintings Myatt had forged and sold came to the attention of New Scotland Yard s chief of The Art and Antiues Suad Dick Ellis The discussion of the fraud holds one kind of fascination the gathering of evidence and the actual trial holds different thrills John Drewe was undoubtedly one of the finest liar performers ever uncovered and in fact the con has become known as John Drewe s performance piece by insiders and investigators Drewe kept such an enormous cache of personae in the air at the same time and convinced so many of his rectitude that one would simply love to see him act as long as his mental acuity was not aimed at one s life savings nor one s unprotected heart While all of this completely absorbing story holds interest for the reader I especially loved the graceful way it ended We learn of the take down the trial the sentencing and the after trial outcomes This is a marvelously told story with lessons for us all I can heartily recommend the audiobook narrated by Marty Peterson though I did listen to it on slow speed At normal speed I was getting so much info I couldn t keep track of names and places

  • Hardcover
  • 327
  • Provenance How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art
  • Laney Salisbury
  • English
  • 02 March 2017
  • 9781594202209