Art and Craft
Art forgers are in it for the money, right? Not always. The notorious master forger Mark Landis, the subject of a New Yorker profile last year and now Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman’s film, is in it for the attention—seemingly an oxymoron for an ostensibly stealthy enterprise. A lonely, elderly eccentric, Landis “donates” his forgeries to unsuspecting American museums, which in return furnish him with a patron’s VIP status and welcome. It’s astonishing that Landis would acquiesce to being filmed in the act of creating fakes and then duping their recipients, but he appears to be a complex and uncommon subject.