For nearly 30 years, art forger Mark Landis duped dozens of museums into accepting fakes into their collections. His stunts made headlines around the world. But Mark Landis never asked for money so he never went to jail. Now his paintings and drawings are in a touring exhibition called Intent to Deceive, and he’s the subject of a new documentary called Art & Craft.
Landis is a paradox. He’s a shut-in who craves interaction. His house in Laurel, Miss., is extremely cluttered, but his scams are well-organized. In Art & Craft, we also learn that Landis is a huge fan of old movies and TV shows.
Landis works on a “Picasso” at his home. His materials — including magic markers and frames from Wal-Mart — are not those of a “proper” forger, says filmmaker Sam Cull
Listen to Kurt’s full conversation with Mark Landis and Sam Cullman: