Provenance by Laney Salisbury & Aly Sujo
“Myatt cringed as the group praised the paintings and Drewe’s taste and generosity. The two works were carried around the room, and long before they reached Myatt, he recognized the faint but acrid smell of the varnish he had sprayed on them when he’d finished them a few weeks earlier.” …… “Placing a work at the Tate was a remarkable achievement for any artist—forger or not—but Myatt could see only one possible end to what had transpired. He had survived many low points in his past, but none as low as this. Surely he would end up in prison.”
The Elegance of a Hedgehog by Muriel Babery
“There was a little sound, a sort of quivering in the air that went, ‘shhhh’ very very very quietly: a tiny rosebud on a little broken stem that dropped onto the counter. The moment it touched the surface it went ‘puff,’ a ‘puff’ of the ultrasonic variety, for the ears of mice alone, or for human ears when everything is very very very silent. I stopped there with my spoon in the air, totally transfixed. It was magnificent. But what was it that was so magnificent? I couldn’t get over it: it was just a little rosebud at the end of a broken stem, dropped onto the counter.”
Provenance was a great. It’s a light read with a story that I still cannot believe! If you are artfully inclined, have an interest in great con men and the art of forgeries, you will like this. Oprah was apparently a fan.
The Elegance of a Hedgehog impressed me a lot. At first, I wasn’t too sure, to be honest, but then all of a sudden I was hooked. I love this book! I might read it again. I didn’t watch TV all this week because I couldn’t put it down… Yep, it’s that good! It’s different and beautifully wonderful at the same time.