Some of the most infamous fakes and forgeries of recent history are on display at "Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World," the unique new exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art opening tomorrow (February 14). The exhibit profiles five prolific forgers and explores what drove them to deceive, how they got away with it and how they were ultimately caught. It also gives some behind-the-scenes looks at the latest technology being used by art professionals to determine art authenticity.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is a fitting venue for this touring exhibit given its connection to Mark Landis, one of the counterfeiters being profiled. Six works created by Landis and originally donated to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art are featured, as well as letters and other evidence that help tell the story of how a Museum staff member's suspicions led to his being caught.
Interspersed among the fakes and forgeries are original works by renowned artists such as Charles Courtney Curran, Honoré Daumier, Philip de László, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Paul Signac and Maurice de Vlamnick, giving visitors the chance to see the genuine articles next to some of their imitations. In fact, there's an interactive gallery at the end of the exhibit that allows visitors to test their skills at determining real from fake.
There's also a drawing table where visitors can try their hand at forgery by copying a drawing by French artist Honoré Daumier.