Our 7th book selection is Provenance by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo.
Provenance tells the story of John Drewe, a con man, and John Myatt, a desperate, single father who happened to have a great deal of talent at painting. Drewe rolled Myatt into his forgery schemes, taking advantage of him in order to run one of the largest art cons in history.
We are excited to bring this real life story to our discussion and we hope this book serves as education as well as entertainment for those who enjoy a fast-paced non-fiction reading.
"Provenance would make a great film, but even a great film would have a hard time equaling the layers of depth and tone provided by Salisbury and Sujo’s book. Read it for the art history, read it for the psychology, but do read it." - Chronogram magazine
"A decade-long art scam that sullied the integrity of museum archives and experts alike is elegantly recounted by husband-and-wife journalists Salisbury and Sujo. In 1986, when struggling painter and single father John Myatt advertised copies of famous paintings, he never imagined he'd become a key player in one of Britain's biggest art frauds." "Salisbury and Sujo (who died in 2008) evoke with flair the plush art world and its penetration by the seductive Drewe as well as the other players in this fascinating art drama." - Publishers Weekly
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