Dali & I: The Surreal Story
An extraordinary memoir of fortune, fraud,and the master of modern art
Art dealer Stan Lauryssensmade millions in modern art, buthe soldonly one name: Salvador Dalí. The surrealist painter’s work was a hot commodity for the newly rich, investors, and shady businessmen looking to launder their black-market cash. Stan didn’t mind looking the other way; he just hoped the bu
But like I said, there is very little of the book about Dali. Instead, the author writes about his own life selling fake Dalis. This coul...more
"Art dealer Stan Lauryssens made millions in modern art, but he sold only one name: Salvador Dalí. The surrealist painter’s work was a hot commodity for the newly rich, investors, and shady businessmen looking to launder their black-market cash. Stan 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 questionable sources, but he soon discovered that the shadiest source of all was Dalí himself. The more...more
In Dali & I, Stan Lauryssens may well be continuing the tradition.
I wanted to quit reading this book about 30 pages in because it is so badly written. Unless you’re a fan of excessive lists in place of sentences:
“…far outsold superstars Warren Beatty, Raquel Welch, Ursula Andress, Dustin Hoffman, Woody Allen, and even Elizab...more
With respect to the content I must admit that from the moment the author wrote that he fabricated celebrity interviews he lost me. From that point on I kept comparing this book with the much better written 'Catch me if you can'. Just like that i...more
I like the author's conversational style. Too bad for him that he hadn't found his literary calling earlier. One thing the book is, is fun and light. Perfect for the plane, the beach or a rainy day.
It's hard to believe that a butcher has so much money in a vase, but maybe butchering is more lucrative in Europe. Hard to believe that people would buy a museum piece -- sort of like buying the Brooklyn Bridg...more
First, the people who criticize the flow of the book? The man's Belgian; English is not his first language.
That said, this was an interesting book.
Stan Lauryssens may or may not have a conscience now, per some people not enamored of this book. That shouldn't stop you from a good read, a good read about both the lies of the art-investment world and the chutzpah of Salvador Dali.
The last first. Lauryssens indicates that Dali's paintings only reflected a t...more
The author has written fiction, and it is something of a compliment, in my own mind, that I didn't realize quickly that I was reading a memoir. That I was fooled into thinking I...more
Progress after a few CDs: I still hate the narrator's voice. I also really do not like the writer or his writing style.
Memoirs written by smug low-lifes fail to capture my attention.
Stan Lauryssens in de Nederlandstalige Wikipedia
De boeken van Stan Lauryssens bij boekbeschrijvingen.nl
Stan Lauryssens is a Flemish writer.