The Art of the Con: Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries with Anthony Amore

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Date/Time
Monday, May 15, 2017, 7:30 pm

Location
Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

The famed former director of the Metropolitan Museum, Thomas Hoving, famously said that 40% of the art hanging on the walls of the museums and galleries of the world are fakes. Art forgery scandals continue to dominate the pages of the industry’s newspapers and, in recent years, have led to the closing of some of the world’s oldest and most esteemed galleries. Though talented copyists are involved in the most famous scandals, Anthony Amore describes how the true art in art scams is not on the canvas but in the con itself.

Amore is the director of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum where he also serves as the chief investigator into the infamous 1990 heist of 13 priceless works of art — the biggest property theft in history. He previously served as an assistant director with the Transportation Security Administration and as a special agent with the Federal Aviation Administration. He is the author of Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists. His most recent book, The Art of the Con, is a New York Times Crime Best Seller.

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