Con Artist

Directed by Michael Sladek

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US, 2010, 84 min

From the beginning, Mark Kostabi pronounced his raison d'ĂȘtre as an artist widely: to take all the cash and all the glory. A superstar during the frantic glory of the 1980s New York art world, Kostabi has unapologetically signed and sold thousands of paintings made by painters/ laborerswho attest to not having seen Kostabi paint for years. His practice reveals a shrewd critique of valuation in the modern art world, but when his purposeful skewering turned to ruthlessly biting the hands that fed him, he was rapidly jolted from the position of daring darling to the unspeakable persona non grata.

Press

An entertaining documentary portrait of one of the art world's most outrageous provocateurs.

Stephen Holden, The New York Times

An entertaining boom-era fable

An entertaining reverie on the concept and addictive nature of celebrity.

Jay Weissberg, Variety

An entertainingly satirical doc

Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

The filmmaker gives his...subject more than enough rope to hang himself

An excellent documentary

Benjamin Sutton, L Magazine

Shows, effortlessly, what one does in the face of human loss

Diego Costa, Slant

Sladek was obviously not out to do a puff piece

Jonathan Melber, The Huffington Post