Art dealer Stan Lauryssens made millions in modern art, but he sold only one name: Salvador Dali. The surrealist painter's work was a hot commodity for the newly rich, investors, and businessmen looking to launder their black-market cash. Lauryssens didn't mind looking the other way; he just hoped the buyers would look the other way as well. The artworks he sold came from some very shady sources. And he soon discovered that the shadiest source of all was Dali himself. The more successful Lauryssens became, the closer he got to Dali's inner circle, until he found himself living next door to the aging artist. There, while Lauryssens hid from Interpol's detectives, he learned more about Dali's secret history, the studio of artists who produced his work, and the money-making machine that kept Dali's extravagant lifestyle afloat long after his creativity began to flounder.
Dali & I offers a behind-the-scenes view of the commerce and conspiracy that can go hand-in-hand in the art world, written by a man who has been to the top only to discover it was no different than the bottom.
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"Art dealer Lauryssens tells the fascinating, intriguing, often unbelievable story of his supposed professional relationship with one of the great Surrealist painters, Salvador Dali. Lauryssen dealt in only one artist--Dali--selling what, most time of the time, were bogus works. Much of Lauryssen's story is as bogus as the fake signed art that filled his workshop/gallery. William Dufris takes us on a tour of Dali's world with vigor and zest. Dufris easily slips into whatever character is speaking--from Dali himself (so convincing with his rolling "r's") to the women of Catalina, local tradesmen, and art collectors. As questionable as this memoir may be, Dufris is the genuine thing--one of the best narrators in the business. M.T.B. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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