New Documentary Explores How a Forger Fooled Dozens of Museums

  • September 28, 2014 21:56

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Scene from the film 'Art and Craft'

A new documentary, now in theaters nationwide, explores the story behind one of the "greatest" art forgers in U.S. history. Art and Craft tells how Landis duped museums with his forgeries, even with some of his works employing magic markers and Wal-mart frames. 

As one museum director recounts in the film, Landis had a compelling tale of a collection needing to be dispersed "and possible endowments from the family's estate." Said the museum director: "He knew right where to hit us. Our soft spot: art and money."  

A related exhibition is also on tour titled Intent to Deceive. It is now on view at the Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio, through Oct. 26. 

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