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. Co-directors Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman join us to talk about the one of the most intriguing “artist” of the last 40 years.
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“Captivating…one of the largest and most unique deceptions the art world has ever seen.” - Justin Jones, The Daily Beast
“A crowd-pleasing character study that doubles as an art-world detective story” – Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal
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“A layered study of mental illness, talent and the museum-industrial complex” – Leslie Felperin, The Guardian