DFT @ Home | Driven to Abstraction

(USA/2020—directed by Daria Price)

This new documentary unravels a mutating tale of self-delusion, greed, and fraud — the $80 million forgery scandal that rocked the art world and brought down Knoedler, New York City’s oldest and most venerable gallery. Was the gallery’s esteemed director the victim of a con artist who showed up with an endless treasure trove of previously unseen abstract expressionist masterpieces? Or did she harbor suspicions about the authenticity of the works, yet continue to sell them for millions of dollars over a period fifteen years?

In a search for the truth, conducted primarily via interviews with reluctant witnesses, two women from very different worlds cross paths, revealing what may well have been the most notorious hoax ever involving modern American art. The film’s director, Daria Price, has described one aspect of her film that cites its relevance beyond the art world: “It’s not just about art – it’s about telling tall tales, and why it works.” (84 minutes) 

 

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