Driven to Abstraction

Driven to Abstraction

Daria Price / 2019 / 84 minutes / United States

Driven to Abstraction 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 eventually suspect they were fakes, yet continue to sell them for millions of dollars for fifteen years? Whatever the truth, two women from very different worlds crossed paths in what would become the greatest hoax ever of Modern American Art.

  • “Buckle up for an outrageous story of how a forgery ring brought down a prestigious New York City gallery. A fascinating watch. ”

    — Austin American-Statesman
  • “A new documentary retraces a major art world scandal… Directed by Daria Price, looks into the fraud and the characters who made it possible, exposing some uncomfortable truths about the art market and how it operates.”

    — The New York Times
  • “A popcorn movie about heady ideas. Driven to Abstraction flows like rapids over rocks in 85 breathless minutes, demanding you keep up with it like any good thriller.”

    — Dallas Voice

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