My co-work just finished reading Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art, by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo. She said this is a wonderful true-crime book about art forgery. One review claimed the book to be “one of the 20th century’s most audacious art frauds”, which my co-work quickly agreed to be an accurate statement about the con man and his story. The majority of this book takes place in England and is about a man, John Drewe, who convinces a painter, John Myatt, to create forgeries of other well known art pieces. Drewe starts out by selling the forgeries to people, but before long he has gain accesses to countless British museums and begins to tamper with the art archives. According to the back of the book jacket, “many of which (forged artwork) are still considered genuine and hang in prominent museums and private collections today.” That statement alone convinces me that I have to read this book just to see how good this con artist is. I was told this book was very well written and researched. My co-worker raved about the amount of information on art and con artists. Evidently, Drewe changes his name and profession quite often in the book, which could have caused confusion for the reader, but the authors present the material in clear and concise manner . If you are at all interested in art or true-crime, check this book out.
If you are looking for a fiction piece involving art forgery, consider reading Feint of Art, by Hailey Lind. The book is filled with fascinating information about art.