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"Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art" is the extraordinary narrative of one of the most elaborate deceptions in art history. Investigative reporters Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo recount the tale of a great con man and unforgettable villain, John Drewe, and his sometimes unwitting accomplices. Chief among those was the struggling artist John Myatt, a vulnerable single father who was manipulated by Drewe into becoming a prolific art forger. Once Myatt had painted the pieces, the real fraud began. Drewe managed to infiltrate the archives of the British art world in order to fake the provenance of Myatt's forged pieces, hoping to irrevocably legitimize the fakes while effectively rewriting art history.