By Stan Lauryssens
Publish yr note: First released in 1998
An striking memoir of fortune, fraud, and the grasp of contemporary art
Art broker Stan Lauryssens made thousands in sleek artwork, but he sold only one identify: Salvador Dalí. The surrealist painter’s paintings was once a scorching commodity for the newly wealthy, traders, and shady businessmen trying to launder their black-market money. Stan didn’t brain having a look the opposite direction; he simply was hoping the dealers might glance the opposite direction to boot. The works of art he offered got here from a few very questionable resources, yet he quickly came across that the shadiest resource of all was once Dalí himself.
The extra profitable Stan grew to become, the nearer he got here to Dalí, until eventually he stumbled on himself residing round the corner to the getting older artist, within the Catalonian hills. While hiding from Interpol’s detectives, Stan spent his time with the artists, musicians, enterprise affiliates, and eccentrics who surrounded Dalí. He discovered approximately Dalí’s mystery historical past, the studio of artists who produced his paintings, and the beneficial desktop that stored Dalí’s extravagant way of life afloat lengthy after his creativity started to flounder.
Dalí & I bargains a behind-the-scenes view of the trade and conspiracy that pass hand in hand in the foreign paintings international, written by way of a guy who has been to the top only to discover that it’s no longer so various from the ground.
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