Art and Craft

Landis in his home studio

After a day of being easymodernmom, I look for ways to unwind. One of my favorite ways is to watch documentaries, like Art and Craft (available on Amazon Prime Video).

Art and Craft is about Mark Landis, one of the most prolific art forgers in history. He meticulously copied paintings from Van Gogh to Walt Disney. Landis could have easily sold these works at auction and netted millions, but for reasons only known to him, he gave away his forgeries. Posing as a philanthropist, priest and other assumed identities he donated his works of art to unsuspecting universities.

After a forgery costs a university worker his job, the now unemployed worker sets out on a catch-me-if-you-can chase to find the real Mark Landis. The problem is Landis hasn’t really committed a crime, so the unemployed worker who becomes obsessed with stopping Landis is completely on his own.

This story goes from intriguing to just plain bizarre as you slowly uncover the real mystery. Who or what is Landis? Is he a talented undiscovered artist able to paint like the masters? Or is he just another confidence man? And the even bigger question is what’s his motivation?

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