The Cinema Museum, London

Oval Space presents the London premiere of Art & Craft

April 2015 · News

Art and Craft posterOn Tuesday 28th April, Oval Space Cinema presents the London premiere of new documentary Art & Craft (2014), a film by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman, co-directed by Mark Becker.

The film has received widespread attention from print, online publications and film festivals all around the world. The film has just been released in France and will be shown for the first time in London at Oval Space on Tuesday 28th April.

Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century Icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop.

In The New York Times, the Financial Times, and other publications, the curators he duped wondered aloud: Was Landis a failed artist trying to get back at the art world that had rejected him? Was he a kind of Robin Hood for the arts with dreams of bringing great works to the masses? Or was he some kind of a performance artist, intent on questioning notions of originality and authorship?

The film will appeal to art lovers, but some viewers who can hardly tell their Cezannes from Chagalls will find the story fascinating as well. The Hollywood Reporter.

Film starts at 20.30 / Doors 19.45 – 22.30

Advance Tickets – £7

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