Thursday, November 11, 2010

CAM Matthew Leininger Has an Eye for Fakes

The Art Newspaper is reporting US art museums are being approached by an art forger attempting to donate a number of forged works. While a registrar at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Matthew Leininger, now Director of Museum Services at the Cincinnati Art Museum made a list of these attempted donations over the past 20 years.

So far Leininger found 30 museums have been approached by a man named "Mark Landis," including the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Portrait Gallery in DC. The Cincinnati Art Museum has not been approached. Though it sounds as though he would enjoy meeting the forger again. Leininger says, “My dream would be to get all these works from all the different museums, host an exhibition in his name and invite him as the guest of honour. Then he’d really have heart problems.”