Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History


Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art The grand moment in the reception finally arrived Two white gloved Tate conservators entered the room with a pair of paintings, each about five feet tall There was a moment of respectful silence Myatt was stunnedAhh, the Bissires, how lovely,someone in the room whisperedMyatt cringed as the group praised the paintings and Drewes taste and generosity The two works were carried around the room, and long before they reached Myatt, he recognized the faint but acrid smell of the varnish he had sprayed on them when hed finished them a few weeks earlierMyatt gripped his chair If they so much as touched the canvas with a fine brush, the paint would give way and the game would be up A little further investigative work would reveal that the piecespurportedly paintedthan forty years earlierhad been made with modern, ordinary house paintThe reception over, the Tate brass escorted Drewe and Myatt down the winding staircase Stopping at a landing, one of the officials pointed at a place on the wall and said This is where well hang these two wonderful piecesPlacing a work at the Tate was a remarkable achievement for any artistforger or notbut Myatt could see only one possible end to what had transpired He had survived many low points in his past, but none as low as this Surely he would end up in prisonOnce in the taxi, Myatt, usually deferential toward Drewe, exploded You have to get them backDrewe argued that if they were to ask for the paintings back, it would involve a terrible loss of credibility, putting at risk all the time he had put into cultivating the confidence of the Tates archivists But he also saw that as long as the twoc arelessly done forgeries remained in the hands of museum curators, Myatt would remain paralyzed by the fear that they would be his undoingThe following day Drewe was back at the Tate to withdraw the Bissires There was a problem with their provenance, questions having to do with the previous owners In place of the two works, he was prepared to offer a sizable cash donation to the Tates archivesWithin days the Tate received a check for twenty thousand pounds forty thousand dollars to help catalog the archives, along with a promise of half a millionto come With this donation, Drewe established himself as a respected donor for whom the doors of the heavily guarded archival department would stand open The historical records of one of the worlds great museums, and its cherished credibility, were about to become irreparably compromisedThe true story of one of the twentieth century s most audacious art frauds Filled with extraordinary characters and told at breakneck speed, Provenance reads 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

  • Format Kindle
  • 352 pages
  • Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art
  • Laney Salisbury
  • Anglais
  • 17 October 2018
  • 0143117408

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