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      Book Club: Whiteley on Trial by Gabriella Coslovich in Melbourne

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      October 2, 2020


      Melbourne, Victoria

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      Book Club: Whiteley on Trial by Gabriella Coslovich

      Whiteley on Trial, by Gabriella Coslovich, is the story of Australia’s biggest case of alleged art fraud: a $4.5 million sting, drawing in one of the country's most gifted and ultimately tragic artists, Sydney artist Brett Whiteley.

      In April 2016, art dealer Peter Gant and art restorer Aman Siddique faced five charges of creating and selling paintings depicted to be by Whiteley. The case starts with suspicions raised about artworks being produced in the style of Whiteley in a Melbourne art restorer's studio. Secret photographs were taken as the paintings took form and this book begins earlier than the trial to their alleged creation in a Collingwood studio. It also examines the shadowy Australian art market, those who thought the paintings were forgeries, and those who claimed the copies were not forgeries.

      Whiteley on Trial investigates this remarkable case and exposes the avarice of the art world, the disdain for connoisseurship and the fragility of authenticity.

      Cost: 15.00 to 20.00

      Categories: Literary & Books

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