With our September selection, we get closer to the current art scene, but we remain in the world of art and criminals.
The Art Forger, which was on the NPR bestseller list for 28 weeks, is a fictional account of what might have happened to one of the paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990. Among the pictures stolen that day (by two thieves dressed as policemen) was a painting by our old friend, Edgar Degas. The scandal involving the theft, the possible link between Isabella Gardner and Degas, and the current scandals in the art world make for a great read and, I'm sure, a great conversation.
What are the acceptable limits of attribution? Are artistic copies actually always forgeries? Who was Isabella Gardner, and how did she come to own one of the most incredible art collections of all time?
Please join us for the next face-to-face book review meeting on Tuesday, September 9th, find out if there really are answers to all these questions.