Art and Craft

Art and Craft

DVD - 2015
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It follows the story of Mark Landis, one of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods. While the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn't in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States.
Publisher: [United States] : Oscilloscope Laboratories, c2015
Branch Call Number: DVD 702.874092 ART
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Art and craft (Motion picture)


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Mar 30, 2019

Fascinating, intriguing, yet, socially-awkard, humorous, quirky Artist! Well-done documentary! Make sure to watch the Extra section and do listen to the Commentary, also! These will give you more insightful, interesting info!
This Documentary deserves to win a Prize!

Mar 09, 2019

I really enjoyed this portrait of Landis. Janice, one of the art snobs does call his decades long stunt "performance art" which is brilliant; yes, of course it is! It is very fine performance art at that!

Compelling elements: the art itself; the "flip trick" technique; how he came by the technique through being largely ignored as a child; his fascination with old television and his mother; his mental health; his perspective on the world and on what he does; his self reflection; the curator who gets duped and takes it personally and seeks revenge to the point where he loses his job, only then to make a lot of money off of him in the end... endlessly intriguing!

Jan 18, 2017

Mark Landis is constantly asked two questions: why does he do what he does? Why does he not make original art in his own name? Art and Craft has the answers, and you probably want to discover them for yourself. But if you want my opinion (spoilerish comments follow), Landis is tweaking the noses of greedy snobs in the art world, who don't even "do their due diligence." It must be especially sweet to do this, since these same people dismiss him as a wealthy simpleton -- he is obviously affected by schizophrenia and the medication he must take for it. In fact, he talks as well as draws a very smooth line and knows within an inch what he can get away with. In short, the con is not just an adjunct to his art, it IS his art. Haven't the snobs ever heard of performance art?

Oct 04, 2016

We highly enjoyed this look at the clash of the art world and a man whose only joy is painting and giving them away. Yes, he's a forger, he's probably prefer copyist. He's not asking for money, he's lonely and this help him connect to the world. It was very sweet and this movie seems to have given him the gift of friendship among the art world. I highly recommend it.

Dec 04, 2015

Fascinating and quirky!

Sep 20, 2015

If you like art & documentaries watch this!

Mar 28, 2015

An intimate look at the eccentric (crazy if you prefer) Landis and his copying process. I was floored at how he used reproductions as a basis for his forgeries and I particularly like the idea that he was found out by a person almost as crazy, if not more socially acceptable, as he is. This film never addresses the elephant in the room of how so many museums displayed his work as authentic and the challenge to art at its core. If he hadn't been institutionalized and had done everything as performance art, he would have been hailed as an artistic genius.

Mar 14, 2015

Amazing! Absolutely amazing! I can't believe I never heard of Landis before.

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