Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century Icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney.
And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn’t in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop. Art and Craft starts out as a fascinating cat-and-mouse art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity – but what emerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose.
Directed by Sam Cullman & Jennifer Grausman, co-directed by Mark Becker, US Documentary.
“3-1/2 Stars…Perhaps the year’s most delightfully charming documentary.”-Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Perversely satisfying … the art world deserves him.” – Stephen Holden, New York Times
“91% Fresh! The spotlight it shines on an apparently troubled mind may strike some viewers as exploitative, but Art and Craft remains a thoroughly gripping glimpse into the life of a legendary art forger.” –RottenTomatoes.com
Showtimes: Mon 1/26 5:30 PM
Run time: 1:39