The Art of Murder

The Art of Murder

Book - 2004
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In 2006, the art world has moved far beyond sheep in formaldehyde and the most avant-garde movement is to use living people as artwork. Undergoing weeks of preparation to become 'canvases', the models are required to stay in their pose for ten to twelve hours a day and, as art pieces, they are also for sale. After being exhibited, the 'canvases' can be bought and taken to the purchaser's home, where they are rented for weeks or months. Many beautiful young men and women long to become a 'canvas' - knowing they are a masterpeice and worth millions seems to make all the sacrifices worthwhile - especially if they can be 'painted' by the celebrated artist Bruno Van Tysch. But there is a darker side to this art movement when it is found that the models/works of art are sometimes used in interactive works - snuff movies, where the 'art' is filmed being tortured and killed. Van Tysch's work is being targeted and the investigators must find the killer before the displays of imitations of Rembrandt's masterpieces - the biggest exhibition of 'hyperdramatic art' yet seen - is put on show.
Publisher: London : Abacus, 2004.
ISBN: 9780349118833
Characteristics: 470 p. ;,22 cm.


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multcolib_susannel Aug 27, 2016

Murder mystery morphs into horror and obsession in this story about a time when artists paint their masterpiece on the bodies of adolescents and rich people pay to display them.

Jul 30, 2013

This novel was published originally in Spanish in 2001, this translation in 2004. The setting is the European Modern Art world which is dominated by HyperDramatic art in which the "canvas" are humans; painted and set in the artist vision. The HD art is collected by all the richest of the world. A myriad of ornaments, chairs and deviant artworks give a great background for this setting. This book is well written with great character development. This book asks the questions of what is art as well as what is identity with a mystery taking place in the background.Well constructed and quite believable story(notwithstanding some typical stereotypes of the rich). If you understand the art world this book may resonant more. A very enjoyable read. Very impressed.

Mar 21, 2013

I'm only 100 pages in but this is a page-turner...ok, a couple of days later and now I've finished it. Really absorbing read, and I was pleased with myself that I figured out whodunnit (I usually don't, so if you usually do, you might be disappointed). Perhaps not one for the ages, but a wonderful reader's book, you can really lose yourself in it (and stay up later than you meant to, to keep reading).

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