Museum puts prolific forger’s works on display

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“A convincing art forger donated his copies of Picassos and other works of art to unsuspecting museums in 20 states for nearly three decades. Mark A. Landis, who has dressed as a Jesuit priest or posed as a wealthy donor driving up in a red Cadillac, apparently never took money for his forgeries and has never been arrested”, reports AP.

“Now his “works” have been collected into their own tongue-in-cheek exhibit, called Faux Real and opening on April Fools’ Day at the University of Cincinnati.

Educating people about forgery and letting people know about Landis “is the only way to stop him,” said Mark Tullos, director of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette, La., which was duped in 2010 with a donation of a painting supposedly by American Charles Courtney Curran.

Landis creates works in oil, watercolor, pastels, chalk, ink and pencil, making most of his copies from museum or auction catalogs that provide dimensions and information on the originals.

He sometimes bestows gifts under different names, such as the Father Arthur Scott alias used at Hilliard. In that case, he told officials that his dead mother had left works including Curran’s oil-on-wood painting “Three Women” and that he was donating it in her memory.

Tullos said museum employees became suspicious when Landis kept changing the subject under questioning. After he drove off, the museum quickly concluded it was a forgery.”

Read on at The Washington Post.

More at University of Cincinatti.

UC’s Faux Real Exhibit

A University of Cincinnati exhibit focuses on museums’ vulnerability to an artful dodger who donates forgeries.