John Gapper one-ups the New York Times and The Art Newspaper by finding Mark Landis, the forger who has been donating fakes to small museums around America. Gapper didn’t have much trouble tracking him down:
“He’s up there,” said Larry Gavin, the estate manager. “You can go up and knock but he probably won’t answer. He often don’t.” The apartment was up a flight of stairs, overlooking a courtyard with a swimming pool for the sweltering summers. I heard classical music playing inside, but Landis did not come to the door, even after I knocked several times and called his name.
The Art Newspaper had written about Landis’s deception after his visit to Lafayette but news had not reached the Sugar Hill Resort. “He’s got an IQ of 150, but he ain’t got a lot of common sense,” Gavin said. “It’s because of his intelligence that he’s the way he is. He’s a brilliant artist. His mother told me he’d got paintings in the White House.”
The Forger’s Story (Financial Times)