What to Read on the Subway This Week: 11/5
This week, immerse yourself in the art world. Whether you enjoy learning about famous artists, want to play with paint, or are looking for a fascinating thriller, these pieces will change the way you look at art.
On Your Kindle
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art, by Lainey Salisbury and Aly Sujo
With a true-life plot worthy of cinema, Provenance focuses on British “collector” John Drewe, who orchestrated a massive international forgery ring that grossed millions of dollars and involved high-profile art figures and museums. Follow Salisbury and Sujo’s well-researched narrative to its shocking conclusion: Did the man that the Tate Museum believed was a scientist and art benefactor really commit murder?
On Your Smartphone
“Catching a Copy,” NOVA scienceNow, by Susan K. Lewis
Think you could spot a fake? Use your smartphone to explore the science behind art authentication with PBS’ NOVA program. This interactive feature displays real works of art next to near-perfect copies and asks you to choose which one is real. You’ll be surprised by what scientists say computers can tell us about identifying forgeries—even within minutes. The related links to the left of the slideshow are also worth exploring on a long commute.
On a Podcast
The National Gallery’s extensive collection of podcasts and audio-visual resources includes coverage of lectures, installations, and interviews with artists, and they’re perfect for quiet afternoons when you want to learn something new about art. Click on “Notable Lectures” to learn about pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, hear a lecture about the significance of how artists sign their paintings, and even about the looting of European art collections by the Nazis during World War II.
Brave Intuitive Painting, by Flora Bowley
Bowley, a Portland-based abstract painter, teaches workshops and online courses on unlocking your own talent. Beautifully illustrated, her book contains exercises designed to help readers create multilayered, bright canvases. Inside, you’ll learn how to let go of perfectionism, play with finger painting, and let music inspire your artwork.