Authenticity is of the utmost importance throughout most creative industries; original work is held in the highest regard, as indicated by standards and laws set to prevent copyright infringement, plagiarism and forgery. The forgery of classical art in particular is a very interesting concept, as it takes an immense amount of skill to accomplish a believable replication.
“Art and Craft,” a documentary film featured at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of Mark Landis – a man who has become one of “the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history.” He has created and donated numerous forgeries to museums across the country over the past 30 years. Landis seems to have found a way to cheat the system; he isn’t selling the pieces, his actions are purely philanthropic, which protects him from the law. Continue Reading