B.A. Shapiro is the author of seven novels, but most recently she has turned her eye to art history and is the author of The Art Forger and The Muralist. At 2:45 in the Main Tent, Ms. Shapiro will be interviewed by art historian Ellen Longsworth.
On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history and in The Art Forger, Claire Roth, a struggling young artist with her own scandalous past, is about to discover that that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye. The Art Forger uses real history and real art history mixed with fiction to create a gripping story, impossible to put down.
In The Muralist, the follow up to The Art Forger, Shapiro turns her attention to 1940’s New York City. Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at Christie’s auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind recently found works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?
You won’t want to miss this exciting discussion about art, art history, and creating a great story at the same time.