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Friday, May 19, 2017

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

I've just finished this audiobook from Audible.
This is a fascinating true story, "one of the twentieth century's most audacious frauds."


I was already familiar with John Myatt through his appearance in 'The Forger's Masterclass' series, very entertaining art programs on YouTube. 

The book traces a con man John Drewe's incredible ability to fool art world with Myatt's skilful paintings. Once I started to listen, I couldn't stop it. It could be read as a fine detective story. Very well written by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo. 
The only problem is the narration by Marty Peterson. Her voice and speed is so fast and robotic that I had to speed it down. It's very annoying that Audible chose her as a reader.  

There's a good documentary about the case on Dailymotion. The link is here.  

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