This groundbreaking exhibition spotlights more than 60 works by some of the world’s most notorious con artists, illuminating their dubious legacies and examining how their talents, charm, and audacity beguiled the art world of the twentieth century through the present day. Several ingenious forgers during this time are profiled in this exhibition representing some of the most infamous scandals of our times. The exploits of Han van Meegeren, Elmyr de Hory, and Eric Hebborn shook the art world, garnering each of them worldwide notoriety. More recently, John Myatt and Mark Landis have been in the news for their prolific and stylistically diverse art frauds, landing one in jail. Included in each forger’s profile are their original works, personal effects and ephemera, photographs, film clips, and representations of the material and techniques used to create these convincing artworks. Also included are original works of art by modern masters such as Charles Courtney Curran, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Paul Signac, and others, shown alongside several of the world’s most accomplished art forgers to test perceptions of authenticity. This exhibition is curated by Colette Loll and organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.
For more information about this exhibition, please visit www.intenttodeceive.org.
Oklahoma Humanities Foundation
Exhibition Related Programming
Colette Loll, Curator’s Tour
Thursday, February 12, 6 p.m.
Friday, February 13
-Exhibition opens, 5:30 p.m.
–The Art of Deception talk by Curator Colette Loll, 6 p.m.
-Art & Craft Free Members’ Screening, 8 p.m.
Art After 5: Murder Mystery
Follow the clues to find out who killed the art forger
Thursday, March 19, 6-9 p.m.
Conversation with a Curator
OKCMOA Curator Alison Amick
Sunday, March 29, 1 p.m.
Jonathan Lopez, The Man Who Made Vermeers
Wednesday, April 1, 6 p.m.
A special program for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and their loved ones
Monday, April 13, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., & 2-3:30 p.m.
Art After 5: Opera Performance
Arias from the opera Ascription, composed by Eric Lindsay
Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 2, 2-4 p.m.
Free Family Day: Art Investigations
Sunday, May 3, 2015, 12-5 p.m.
Masterpieces of Deception: Some fake art worth real money
By Anthony Mason — CBS News
Image: Mark Landis (American, b. 1955), Untitled, date unknown, watercolor on paper, in the style of Paul Signac (French, 1863-1935). Property of Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Photo by Shannon Kolvitz