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Art And Craft

Beginning as a cat-and-mouse art caper concerning one of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history, ART AND CRAFT is rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity, eventually giving way to an intimate story of mental health and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose.

Director: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker
Year: 2014
Time: 89 min
Club Member Rating:
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Learn more about NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Participate in their mission to alleviate sufferers of mental illness.

Educate yourself on the facts of mental illness at NIMH or silimar sites. The stigma of mental illness is perhaps why Mark Landis felt so isolated and was drawn to forgery as a means of seeking attention and recognition. 

Commission an original artwork from Mark Landis. Find out more on his website.

Visit the Association of Art Museum Curators website. It’s a network for curators to share knowledge and expertise, and the website offers links to many useful resources for those interested in the field of art curation.

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Forging Connections with Your Documentary Subject

“All three of us have a relationship with Mark that is highly complicated in nature — and is similarly rooted in the fundamental narrative elements that make his story so fascinating. ”

The team behind ART AND CRAFT, one of the documentaries shortlisted for the 2014 Academy Awards, discusses navigating complicated with the people in their films.

Read the full discussion on The Talk House. 

Intent To Deceive Exhibition

Art fraud is one of the most serious challenges facing museums today in their stewardship of our cultural heritage. This exhibition highlights five notorious art forgers from the 20th century to the present…

Find out more here.

Mark Landis Website

Feel like owning a Mark Landis original? Visit his website to order a painting or to find out more about Mr Landis.

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9 Must-See Documentaries About the Art of the Con

“ART AND CRAFT,  a documentary that profiles one of the most prolific art forgers in the world, is now available to view on Time Warner Cable Movies on Demand.”

Here is a list of eight other great documentaries about the art of the con, provided by Indie Wire 

Eight Of The Biggest Art Forgeries Of All Time

“We’ve gathered some of the most notable art forgeries of late. Whether you consider the perpetrators to be schemers, geniuses, or a little of both, their stories are fascinating.”

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A Conservator’s Perspective

“Conservators have an uneasy relationship with forgery. Often knee-jerk reactions arise: outrage, indignation, feelings of being duped, and sometimes a closet admiration of a particular craft skill. (…) Deep down, I find myself a bit envious that forgers get so much media attention, and that this attention is generally overwhelmingly sympathetic. Conservation is just as interesting, right?”

Keep reading on AIC. 

Schizophrenia

“A century after the term ‘schizophrenia’ was coined, life for people living with the illness is still stuck in the dark ages” Find out more on The Guardian.

In Art, Freedom of Expression Doesn’t Extend to ‘Is It Real?’

“John Elderfield, former chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, remembers the days when scholars spoke freely about whether a particular work was genuine. They were connoisseurs, this was their field of expertise…”

Continue reading on The New York Times. 

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