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A riveting, whistleblowing narrative that illuminates the often-secret and underhand dealings of the modern art world.
Several years ago Richard Dorment, Chief Art for the Daily Telegraph in London, was approached by Joe Simon, a wealthy American art connoisseur who was deeply unhappy that his collection of Warhols had been pronounced as fakes by the secretive Warhol Authentication Board. Dorment explained to Simon that whatever the rights and wrongs of his case, as neither scholar nor gallerist, Dorment could be of no use to him. But Simon would not give up and eventually Dorment agreed to meet with him. To his surprise, Dorment was intrigued both by Simon and the story he had to tell; over the ensuing years, he found himself drawn into a complex story of intrigue and corruption that raised fascinating issues about art, its value, the significance of attribution, and how issues of aesthetics and financial worth interact and collide. This is the story of how Richard Dorment uncovered a fascinating and controversial scandal within the world of modern art that is still reverberating today.
Richard Dorment was born in America and studied at Princeton and Columbia before joining the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A distinguished art historian, scholar, journalist, and exhibition curator, he was Chief Art Critic on London’s Daily Telegraph from 1986 until his recent retirement. He has been named Critic of the Year in the British Press Awards. A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, his work has appeared in the the Times Literary Supplement and the Literary Review. In 2014 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for Services to the Arts by Queen Elizabeth II.
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