The Art Forger
2012, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Follow Clair Roth as she struggles to maintain a life within the Art world. First as an accomplished artist who makes bad decisions, then as a copyist who makes even worse decisions, and finally as a recognized artist in her own right.
Shapiro takes us through several levels of the Art world, beginning with the heist at The Gardner Museum and ending with the solution. In between the reader is taken through the spiritual / mental agony of an aspiring artist vying for recognition. Following the mystery forces the reader to think through the rhetorical issues of copies, fakes, and visibility.
Clair is portrayed as a bumbling artist forever making the wrong choice – including romantic choices – then suffering the consequences. Her belief in art itself will help her solve this 500 million dollar mystery.
While not riveting, this book is a good read and I would recommend it.