The Friends of Mark Landis maintain Mark’s website, manage commissions, and facilitate media requests and appearances to ensure he has a steady stream of work to keep him productive, healthy, and happy. As the result of being the subject of a major documentary, Mark is media savvy, entertaining, charming, and excels at Q&A. If you are interested in an appearance or interview, please reach out using the Contact form.
September 22, 2015
‘Art and Craft’: How a Master Art Forger Was Found Out
The guy you’re about to meet is a master art forger who perpetrated his deception for nearly three decades, sometimes in costume, sometimes even with camera rolling. He managed to get his knockoffs of famous paintings into museums across the country. Why did he do it and why is he not in jail?
For information about exhibits featuring Mark Landis works, please see the Exhibits page. If your institution is interested in exhibiting Mark Landis’s work or using Mark’s work in an exhibit, please reach out to the Friends of Mark Landis using the Contact form.
September 25, 2015
The Art of Forgery
Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen
For over 30 years, art forger Mark Landis has been fooling museums by faking works in the names of masters. In Art and Craft, filmmakers Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker gain Landis’ trust, and get access to the process of forgery and conning museum curators. They follow his nemesis Matthew Leininger, a museum registrar on a multi-year mission to expose Landis, and raise questions about the meaning of art versus its value.
September 27, 2014
‘Art & Craft’ Explores How One Forger Duped More Than 45 Museums
For nearly 30 years, art forger Mark Landis duped dozens of museums into accepting fakes into their collections. 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.
September 5, 2014
When Forgery Isn’t a Crime
Interview by Kurt Andersen, Produced by Julia Lowrie Henderson
For nearly 30 years, Mark Landis has been recreating works — from lesser-known impressionists to Picasso — and passing them off as originals. Landis donated his fakes, roughly 100 of them, to museums in 20 states. But in 2008, Landis tried to dupe the wrong guy.
October 4, 2015
How a fake masterpiece ended up on walls of Florida museum
What drove Mark Landis to paint fake masterpieces — and why did the Boca Museum hang one of them up?
May 12, 2015
Negrotto’s Gallery Presents ‘Artwork by Mark Landis’
Mark Landis attends a Meet & Greet and Q&A session at the Opening Reception for The Art of Philanthropy and film screening of Art and Craft in Biloxi, Mississippi.
September 18, 2014
Art and Craft: A Documentary of Unusual Healing
Mark Landis’ paintings have been hung in museums around the country. You can find his work in galleries alongside Picasso, Monet and Matisse.
September 14, 2014
Documentary ‘Art and Craft’ examines a history of art forgery
For more than 30 years, Mark Landis’ art was on display in museums across the country. But, most of the art-gazing members of the American public never knew it.
January 21, 2014
Springfield Exhibit Explores Deceit in Art World
Geoff Edgers, The Boston Globe
The phony Matisse is the first thing you see when you walk into the gallery, not far from a fake Picasso and a sham of a Vermeer.
August 26, 2013
The Giveaway – Who was the mysterious man donating all the valuable art?
Alec Wilkinson, The New Yorker
In late May of 2008, a watercolor sketch of a woman in a yellow dress, with a red belt and blue shoes, arrived at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art…The sketch came with a copy of a page from an auction catalogue, as evidence of the piece’s provenance, and a letter from someone in Mississippi named Mark Landis.
March 30, 2012
Prolific Forger Gets an Exhibition with His Name Attached
James C. Mckinley Jr., The New York Times
One of the most prolific art forgers in America is getting a show this weekend at the University of Cincinnati. Curators say they are putting on display more than 90 forgeries by Mark A. Landis, an eccentric painter who donated dozens of phony works to museums around the country for more than 25 years before being found out in 2008.
January 21, 2011
The Forger’s Story
John Gapper, FT Magazine
One morning last September, a visitor arrived at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette, Louisiana…his name was Father Arthur Scott, he was dressed in the outfit of a Jesuit priest with a Society of Jesus lapel pin, and he bore a gift.
January 11, 2011
Elusive Forger, Giving but Never Stealing
Randy Kennedy, The New York Times
His real name is Mark A. Landis, and he is a lifelong painter and former gallery owner. But when he paid a visit to the Paul and Lulu Hillard University Art Museum in Lafayette, La., last September, he seemed more like a character sprung from a Southern Gothic novel.