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

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10:15–11:30 am

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

FREE with museum admission
FREE for Members
AK Café

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Book AK program is a museum-hosted book club which provides the opportunity to explore the lives of artists and learn more about art- and museum-related topics.

Please note: The Book AK program is full at this time. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please call Guest Services Manager Christine Goerss-Barton at 716.270.8296. 

Registrants: Discussion Questions are now available.

The next Book AK selection is Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art, by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo. In this book, investigative reporters Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo relate the fascinating true story of one of the most elaborate forgery schemes in art history. Spanning the globe, this story recounts the actions of John Drewe and his associates as they attempted to create and sell more than two hundred forged paintings, many of which still exist in collections around the world. This story focuses not only on how the artists created these forgeries but also delves into the elaborate scheme by Drewe to fake the provenances of these forged works through the fabrication of false purchase receipts, the creation of catalogues for nonexistent exhibitions, and the physical infiltration of British museum archives.

After reading the pre-selected book, participants will be invited to meet at the museum where Curator of Education and Community Engagement Jessica DiPalma will lead a group discussion of the book in the beautiful setting of the AK Café. Participation in Book AK is free with museum admission and free for Members on the day of the discussion. Registration is required and limited to fifteen individuals. 

The hardcover edition of Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art can be purchased in Shop AK for $18.85, 30% off list price (please note no other discounts, including the Member’s discount, will apply), or participants can purchase the book on their own.