Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World at the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World

January 21, 2014–April 27, 2014 D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts » Second Floor » Wheeler Gallery

Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Changing Exhibitions Gallery, Second Floor

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This ground-breaking exhibition explores some of the most infamous scandals of the past century and the forgers that perpetrated them.

The art world's most notorious con artists are profiled, including Elmyr de Hory, the subject of Orson Welles’s film F is for Fake, and Mark Landis, a serial counterfeiter recently profiled in The New Yorker. View masterpieces by Charles Courtney Curran, Honoré Daumier, Philip de László, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Paul Signac and Maurice de Vlaminck alongside examples of ingenious fakes that confounded the experts. The techniques and amazing skill employed in creating these forgeries are also explored, as well as detailed descriptions of how art experts use the latest technology to reveal these hoaxes.

The exhibit also delves into the mind of the serial forger, including examples of their legitimate original works as well as their personal effects and ephemera related to their ­­­­­­­lives as master con artists.  

$5 special exhibition fee for all visitors ages and 3 up in addition to museum admission.

Online Catalogue

New York Times Article on Intent to Deceive

WBUR Interview with Springfield Museums curator of art Julia Courtney

Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.
Curated by Colette Loll.

Media sponsor: WGBY Public Television for Western New England