The Tate has a show up about (can’t be OF) lost, stolen, erased, or discarded art – from impressionist paintings stolen by the Gestapo to portraits torn off the wall of a gallery in 1988. Here’s the link – go look!
Prof. Cowen has a strong review. I think I will read it.
OK – earlier this evening I thought I broke the internet. It took about 10 restarts of the the modem and the router to get it back. In the meantime I actually went back to cable tv – and found the show of my dreams! Tattoo Nightmares on Spike…trying to cover or reconfigure really really really horrid tattoos.
Guy with a marijuana leaf on his wrist. Woman with a weird abstract city on her pelvic girdle ["it's made me embarrassed to show my stomach and there aren't any cute one piece swim suits out there!"]. Man with an ex GF’s name AND FACE on his shoulder.
Of course, laser removal is still an option!
I saw this bike rack as a design competition winner back in 2010 at the Cooper-Hewitt — here it is now in the wild on 8th Avenue!
I can’t believe it’s already midterm! I’m off to NYC for a couple of nights – the (still relatively new) Islamic galleries at the Met are calling!
That’s the headline. The story is better! She was going to paint over them!
“I thought they would be awesome canvases. They were $9.99 a piece and I just thought they would be great to just draw on them and paint over them because I didn’t like them as paintings. They were really ‘70s kind of looking, but not ‘70s in that fun, kitschy way, ‘70s in a different way that I don’t really enjoy, so I was like, ‘I’m going to paint big cat heads or whatever,’” Feeback,who specializes in pet portraits, said. “I was going to paint on them and so I bought them.”
She showed them to a friend at the art fair, and her friend spotted labels on the backs of the canvases that read: “Weatherspoon Art Gallery. University of North Carolina – Greensboro.” Her friend told her to find out more about the paintings before she painted them over.
Feeback took the canvases home and they languished in her art studio until mid-June. She nearly painted over them a few times.
“But I decided, you know, I’ll check, I’ll Google these guys. The first one I Google was Bolotowsky. And I Google it and the first thing I saw was the Wikipedia page and I was like, ‘Holy crap. I better get those up off the floor over there,’” she recalled. “And then it just went crazy. When I saw what it was I thought, ‘This painting has got to be worth something, but what do I do now? I don’t know anything about selling a valuable painting.’ We made $200 at the art show that day.”
You know, someone de-accessioned those!
That seems to be a better headline than most. They had it all along, but they don’t seem to have known what it was. I hope it brings in some money for them! Their insurance company wants too much for them to keep it.
But your honor, I had a delusion that I was an art thief. Yes, in fact, I took the paintings, but, but . . . .
Michael Gerard Sullivan, 54, has pleaded guilty to stealing two paintings from the Katoomba Fine Art Gallery in December 2008.
At the time the gallery was also a restaurant and CCTV vision clearly shows Mr Sullivan stealing two James Willebrant paintings between courses.
During his court case Mr Sullivan’s lawyers tendered two psychiatric reports which concluded he had dissociative amnesia and his actions were totally out of character.
I’m looking forward to seeing “Portrait of Wally,” the saga of one Egon Schiele painting. Some major museums (including the MoMA in NYC) don’t sound as though they behaved very well.