Dali & I

Dali & I

The Surreal Story

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A portrait of the surrealist artist from the perspective of a black market art dealer describes the author's surprise at discovering Dali's role in peddling his own works illegally, his induction into the artist's inner circle, and his efforts to thwart Interpol detectives.

McMillan Palgrave

An extraordinary memoir of fortune, fraud, and the master of modern art

Art dealer Stan Lauryssens made millions in modern art, but he sold only one name: Salvador Dalí. The surrealist painter’s work was a hot commodity for the newly rich, investors, and shady businessmen looking to launder their black-market cash. Stan didn’t mind looking the other way; he just hoped the buyers would look the other way as well. The artworks he sold came from some very questionable sources, but he soon discovered that the shadiest source of all was Dalí himself.

The more successful Stan became, the closer he came to Dalí, until he found himself living next door to the aging artist, in the Catalonian hills. While hiding from Interpol’s detectives, Stan spent his time with the artists, musicians, business associates, and eccentrics who surrounded Dalí. He learned about Dalí’s secret history, the studio of artists who produced his work, and the moneymaking machine that kept Dalí’s extravagant lifestyle afloat long after his creativity began to flounder.

Dalí & I offers a behind-the-scenes view of the commerce and conspiracy that go hand in hand in the international art world, written by a man who has been to the top only to discover that it’s not so different from the bottom.



Blackwell North Amer
Art dealer Stan Lauryssens made millions in modern art, but he sold only one name: Salvador Dali. The surrealist painter's work was a hot commodity for the newly rich, investors, and shady businessmen looking to launder their black-market cash. Stan didn't mind looking the other way; he just hoped the buyers would look the other way as well. The artworks he sold came from some very questionable sources, but he soon discovered that the shadiest source of all was Dali himself.
The more successful Stan became, the closer he came to Dali, until he found himself living next door to the aging artists, in the Catalonian hills. While hiding from Interpol's detectives, Stan spent his time with the artists, musicians, business associates, and eccentrics who surrounded Dali. He learned about Dali's secret history, the studio of artists who produced his work, and the moneymaking machine that kept Dali's extravagant lifestyle afloat long after his creativity began to flounder.
Dali & I offers a behind-the-scenes view of the commerce and conspiracy that go hand in hand in the international art world, written by a man who has been to the top only to discover that it's not so different from the bottom.

Baker
& Taylor

An intimate portrait of the highly successful surrealist artist from the perspective of a black market art dealer describes the author's surprise at discovering Dali's role in peddling his own works illegally, his induction into the artist's inner circle, and his efforts to thwart Interpol detectives. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312379933
0312379935
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Dali and I

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JeremiahSutherland Apr 05, 2012

Self-indulgent writer who hit it big flogging fake Dali works to self-indulgent, greedy buyers lays it all out for us.

Along the way, we're told that many of the "genuine" Dalis weren't produced by him.

There are a few interesting passages. Too bad they're separated by long confessions and self-justifications from the author.

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