The 1990 heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum endures as a frustrating, tantalizing enigma. The 13 artworks stolen — including Vermeer’s “The Concert” and Rembrandt’s “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” — had an estimated combined value of $500 million, yet to this day the perpetrators remain unknown, the works unrecovered. It’s enticing true crime material, and the recent Netflix miniseries This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist is a solid recounting of the many strange twists and turns the case has taken over the decades.
The show is at its most fun when it grapples with the stranger details of the theft. Why were some items that were for the most part worthless also taken, while plenty of other next-to-priceless paintings were left alone? And of course, there’s the possible Boston mob connection. Like many Netflix miniseries, the show overextends itself, and likely would have made for a stronger movie than a longform project. And the biggest stumbling block is the same one that many true crime shows about unsolved cases face; ultimately, it doesn’t manage to offer any compelling possible answers (or at least, none that I find convincing).
This Is a Robbery is available to stream on Netflix.
The settlement comes after Tate prevented an artist who exposed sexual harassment by one of its largest donors from co-curating an exhibition.
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The Newark Museum of Art Presents Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
Photographers Antony Armstrong Jones, Milt Hinton, Chuck Stewart, Barbara Morgan, and more capture a breadth of legendary and local musicians and performance artists. On view through August 21.
Advocacy groups are pushing for a 5% royalty in resales, which would pertain even after the artist dies, in which case the funds would go to their estate.
This week, the Getty Museum is returning ancient terracottas to Italy, parsing an antisemitic mural at Documenta, an ancient gold find in Denmark, a new puritanism, slavery in early Christianity, and much more.
Art and photographs, publications from the 19th and 20th centuries, manuscripts, posters and more are set to cross the auction block on August 18.
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David Rios Ferreira and Denae Shanidiin join forces to bring awareness to the plight of Indigenous women and girls, and LGBTQ+ individuals.
Metrograph’s series The Process features films that were either directed by Robert M. Young or made with the help of Irving Young’s postproduction facility.
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