This ground-breaking exhibition spotlights some of the world's most notorious con artists, illuminating their dubious legacies, and examining how their talents, charm, and audacity beguiled and assaulted the art world for much of the 20th century through the present day. Several ingenious forgers of the 20th century are profiled in this exhibition representing some of the most infamous scandals of the century. Han van Meegeren, Elmyr de Hory and Eric Hebborn all shook the art world with their exploits, garnering each of them worldwide notoriety but an untimely death. More recently, John Myatt, and Mark Landis have been in the news for their prolific and stylistically diverse art frauds, landing one in jail.
John Myatt (British, b. 1945), Girl with a Pearl Earring, 2012, oil on canvas, in the style of Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632-1675). Washington Green Fine Art & Castle Galleries, United Kingdom. Image © Washington Green Fine Art
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. Curated by Colette Loll.
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