Archive for January, 2011

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The legal art forger

January 27, 2011

Here’s a piece in the Financial Times about one of America’s most notorious  forgers.  A taste:

When Gray saw the priest, she was taken aback by his appearance – he was short  and thin with sparse hair and jug ears, and looked frail and sickly. She and Mark  Tullos, the museum’s director, took him to Tullos’s office, where they had trouble  grasping his train of thought. “He had attention deficit disorder worse than anyone  I’d ever met,” says Gray. “He was constantly distracted in the middle of sentences by  shiny objects or jewellery.”

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I Am Love

January 27, 2011

Rented this the other night, a film that came out in 2009, starring Tilda Swinton.  The whole film is in  Italian and Russian and is mesmerizing; shot in Milan, Nice, San Remo and London.  It’s a  “continental” film to be sure, languorously paced, erotic, with tension building quietly as the stifling orthodoxies of family and wealth are ruptured irrevocably by passion. An old story, true, but well  executed, and especially appealing to me, food is the heart of seduction.