There was a small selection of art-related books on offer at Waterstones a few weekends and I acquired two, which I have read over the last week or so. This is the first reading about art I have done for ages.
First up, Sarah Thornton's book about the contemporary art scene. I'm sure I read something like this a few years ago, but nonetheless, this is a really excellent book. The art market is absurd!
Also raising similar issues, but in a different way, is a book about an art forger. This highlights the issue of the way art is valued - the picture doesn't change but its value depends on attribution and can change dramatically on re-attribution. Which doesn't make a lot of sense when you think about it
There are one or two other books about forgers or art thieves that I might try and have a look at soon. And perhaps it is time to watch The Girl with the Pearl Earring again