• The Conman

    The Conman

    Lonely Salisbury&Aly Suja, Gibson Square Books

    “The Conman” was written by Lonely Salisbury&Aly Suja. It tells the thrilling story of the art forgery which fooled the British Modern Art World for over a decade. This scam would never have ended if it hadn’t been for a naked woman and a microwaved goldfish. A school teacher puts a modest advertisement in “Private Eye” as a painter but he has no idea that this would make him a part of the biggest art fraud in Britain. Among a few respondants is the mysterious John Drewe who claims to be a Professor. But in reality, Drewe is a conman who knew little about the art world and discovered that the art itself didn’t really make any difference – that it was the documentation of a work that mattered. Hence he commissions 200 artworks from Myatt and gets ready to take over the art world.

  • Drawn to Trouble

    Drawn to Trouble: Confessions of a Master Forger: A Memoir

    Eric Hebborn, Mainstream Publications

    The autobiographical book explores the life of one of the greatest and most talented art forgers of the world, Eric Hebborn. His account reveals a life transformed from the Royal Art Academy into the dark side of the art world. Despite winning prizes as a student at art schools, Hebborn later failed to find recognition as an artist and hence started to fake paintings. As an art restorer, he acquired a great knowledge of the old masters’ paintings as well of their materials and methods. The book reveals the unknown story of Eric Hebborn’s life and work, his techniques and processes of forgery which fooled the experts at Sotheby’s and Christie’s and made him one of the greatest forgers of the 20th century.

  • Hot Art

    Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art

    Joshua Knelman, Douglas&Mclntrye

    “Hot Art” reveals the unknown aspects of art theft. It is the product of Joshua Knelman’s extensive research and travels which took four years. During this time, the author travelled the world, chasing mysterious world of international art theft from Cairo to New York, London, Montreal and Los Angeles. In the meantime, he befriends Paul, a master art thief and gets caught up in the world of Donald Hrycyk, a detective working on finding stolen art. Through chapters focusing on Paul and an international network of detectives, the book sheds light on the dramatic rise of international art theft. Hence, Joshua Knelman’s investigation brings together thrilling elements of art thiefs, detectives, FBI agents and lawyers, and a global battle against the international art theft which is regarded to be one of the largest black markets in the world.

  • The Art of Forgery

    The Art of Forgery

    Noah Charney, Phaidon

    “The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of the Master Forgers” explores the stories, dramas and human intrigues behind the world’s most famous forgeries. Author Noah Charney investigates the motivations behind the artists and criminals who faked great works of art, and hence deceived the public, prestigious institutions and the art establishment. The book is organized as a series of case studies, which move between characters, art media and periods. Charney groups them chapters as themes around “Genius, Pride, Revenge and Money” to create an easy narrative flow. Through this, each chapter takes the reader on a voyage to the intriguing world of forgers, along with their stories, creativity, strengths and weaknesses.

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    After 2018 in Contemporary Art

    Interview: İpek Yeğinsü

    We are again leaving behind a year full of interesting exhibitions, sensational events and impressive records both in Turkey and in the world. As an annual Art50.net tradition, we asked some of the most distinguished members of our art community their top art events of the year and their expectations from 2019.