Art and Craft
Documentary | English | 89 minutes
Mark A.Landis was the only son of a globe-trotting military officer and a mother with a love for the finer things. Mark was institutionalized as a teen, diagnosed as schizophrenic, and not given much hope to lead a productive life. But he had a talent for flawlessly copying works of art. He was an unusual, eccentric forger. Rather than sell his forgeries, he became a philanthropist, donating them as originals to appreciative museums around the country. Trouble would come when Matthew Leininger, at one such museum, became aware that Mark’s paintings were fake. Leininger was determined to expose Mark. Leininger is not deterred even though he is informed by the FBI that Mark was not a criminal since no sales were made, no money exchanged hands.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 91%
- Metacritic Score: 68
- National Board of Review: Listed, Top Five Documentaries of the Year
- News & Documentary Emmy Awards: Nominated, Outstanding Arts & Culture Programmming
- Satellite Awards: Nominated: Best Documentary
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Our deepest insights into this confounding character come from just hanging out with Mr.Landis, listening to him describe his ethical philosophy.
ART and CRAFT adds fuel to the argument that the art market is a rigged game manipulated by curators and gallerists spouting mumbo-jumbo. And what a fascinating character Mr. Landis turns out to be.
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