Odd Art Forger
He's not in it for the money:
Mr. Landis...has been one of the most prolific forgers American museums have encountered in years, writing, calling and presenting himself at their doors, where he tells well-concocted stories about his family's collection and donates small, expertly faked works, sometimes in honor of nonexistent relatives.
Unlike most forgers, he does not seem to be in it for the money, but for a kind of satisfaction at seeing his works accepted as authentic. He takes nothing more in return for them than an occasional lunch or a few tchotchkes from the gift shop. He turns down tax write-off forms, and it's unclear whether he has broken any laws.
EDITED TO ADD (1/23): Another article on Landis.
Posted on January 19, 2011 at 7:02 AM • 47 Comments