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Struggling artist Claire Roth paints reproductions of famous Edgar Degas paintings to make ends meet. And that’s just about the most straightforward part of the art world for Claire in the novel.
B.A. Shapiro’s book explores the art of deception — and the deception of art. With real news stories popping up daily the news about high-end fakes and museum heists, the beauty of The Art Forger‘s true colors becomes clear. Check out today’s New York Times story about a gallery being investigated for selling fakes of Mark Rothko, among others.
And from elsewhere in newspapers today, here’s what today’s book reviews are saying about The Art Forger:
The Boston Globe: “A satisfying, plot-driven novel of revelation, an intriguing, ladylike mystery with a puzzle or two at its core. It’s an engaging tale about art, cupidity, and a Faustian bargain, using as backdrop the real-life, still unsolved 1990 theft of 13 artworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum…
“Shapiro convincingly depicts the rarefied art world that lionizes a chosen few and ignores the talented, scrabbling outsiders on the fringe. Shapiro is adept, too, at showing the white-hot heat of an artist engaged in creating a painting. She knows art history, painting techniques, and how forgers have managed through the centuries to dupe buyers into paying for fakes.”
The Washington Post: “Shapiro’s depiction of the politics and personal rivalries of the art world adds considerable depth here, and her accounts of the history of forging and of the technical processes that fool authenticators prove precise and exciting…”
“Readers seeking an engaging novel about artists and art scandals will find The Art Forger rewarding for its skillful balance of brisk plotting, significant emotional depth and a multi-layered narration rich with a sense of moral consequence.”