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Crimes of the Art is a weekly survey of artless criminals’ cultural misdeeds. Crimes are rated on a highly subjective scale from one “Scream” emoji — the equivalent of a vandal tagging the exterior of a local history museum in a remote part of the US — to five “Scream” emojis — the equivalent of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist.
Neighbors Huff, Puff, but Can’t Blow Tin House In
Artist Piotr Janowski has turned his home at 402 Ashland Avenue in Tarpon Springs, Florida (where else?), into a large-scale public artwork by wrapping its exterior and several of the trees on his property in tin foil, but his neighbors are less-than-thrilled by his suburban, DIY variation on Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate.” The city’s code enforcement department is still trying to determine whether or not the project violates any municipal code. “In their thick, bureaucratic books, I’m sure they have nothing against this,” Janowski told the Tampa Bay Times.
Verdict: By Floridian standards, this is not very strange at all.
Marker Kingpin Capped
Warehouse manager Pedro Luis Arana is suspected of stealing $25,000 worth of fancy “art markers” from MacPherson Art’s facility in Suwanee, Georgia, over the course of eight months and selling them on eBay.
Verdict: Arana is a marked man in the marker industry.
Chihuly Employee Tried to Flip Ill-Gotten Glass Sculptures
Christopher Robert Kaul, a former employee of glass artist Dale Chihuly, has been charged with one count of first-degree theft and three counts of first-degree trafficking for allegedly stealing 90 glass sculptures worth a total of $3 million from the Chihuly warehouse in Tacoma, Washington.
Verdict: Just $3 million for 90 Chihuly sculptures? That is a steal!
Sculpture Igniter Gets Probation
A 13-year-old girl in Lincoln, Nebraska, will be on probation for nearly six years and will have to serve 20 hours of community service for intentionally setting a sculpture ablaze and starting a fire that caused $10,000 in damage to the Burkholder Project studio and gallery building. According to the Lincoln Journal Star, “Police believe the girl started the blaze because she’s infatuated with fire.”
Verdict: Perhaps next time the teen pyromaniac disapproves of a sculpture, she can write a fiery critique instead — we could use a writer in Nebraska!
Cairo Curators Caught in Caper
Two curators at the soon-to-open National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo have been arrested for allegedly stealing objects from the institution to sell at auction in London and replacing them with fakes.
Verdict: No joke, that’s just reprehensible.
Meteorite Theft Ring Goes Down
Four men — three Argentines and a Paraguayan — have been arrested for attempting to steal more than 200 large chunks of meteorite from the “Campo del Cielo” (“Field of Heaven”) region of northern Argentina, which was pummeled by hundreds of meteorites 4,000 years ago.
Verdict: Expect more such heists as the market for meteorites reaches stratospheric heights.
“Afghan Girl” Photographer’s Sticky-Fingered Assistant Snapped
Bree DeStephano, the former manager of fine art print sales for Steve McCurry — creator of the iconic National Geographic cover photo “Afghan Girl” — has been arrested and accused of stealing $628,000 worth of prints and $23,196 worth of books from the photographer’s studio and selling the goods on the sly.
Verdict: Who knew that the market for “Afghan Girl” prints and books was so insatiable?
Glassholes Hit Ohio Churches
Century-old stained glass windows have been stolen from at least two churches in Columbus, Ohio. Police have no leads.
Verdict: Chaucer cautioned that “Whose house is of glass, must not throw stones at another,” but now that the glass is gone from these churches’ homes, they should feel free to throw stones at wanton window thieves.
To showcase this work exactly 500 years after Magellan’s conquest of the Philippines in a space that, 134 years ago, was a “human zoo” of Indigenous people from the Philippines, is certainly poignant.
Since 2014, Alison has been visually dissecting Monique Wittig’s novel The Lesbian Body, which theorizes the split subjectivity women experience in language, an inherently patriarchal structure.
This exhibition in Great Falls, Montana addresses the concept of intention in contemporary fiber art and its complex relationship with the history of women’s art as craft.
N.I.H., short for No Humans Involved, was an acronym used by the LAPD to refer to “young Black males who belong to the jobless category of the inner-city ghettos.”
Cha, who was murdered at 31 years old, explored the nuances of forced migration and language.
Explore new avenues in artistic practice and scholarship amongst a diverse cohort of peers while gaining leadership skills both academically and professionally.
Taping a banana wasn’t enough, so the art world had to do something even more stupid with food.
Stoner jokes, unexpected pop culture references, and an unlikely love story jangle against each other like charms on a bracelet.
In this exhibition, curated by Patrick Flores and presented by Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Paiwan artist Sakuliu reflects on interspecies co-sharing and coexistence.
The plans for Munger Hall may just be the most ruthlessly efficient way to house 4500 students.
The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara (MHA) Nation says tribal leaders were not consulted regarding the relocation of the statue.
The autumn holiday of Sukkot continues to offer solace and community for new generations.