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Conscience wins: Remorseful art thief returns Winona painting

Apparently it’s harder to appreciate a work of art when plagued by the knowledge that you stole it.

The Winona Daily News reports a guilt-ridden man contacted police to tell them a stolen portrait of Winona businessman and philanthropist Paul Watkins was in his possession. 274 more words


Thief Takes Off With Davis Children’s Artwork Set For School Auction

DAVIS (CBS13) – A thief took off with artwork made by children, leaving them puzzled who would steal from them.

“What are you going to do with stuff from a framing store?” said mother Cathy Pickel-Hicks. 302 more words


Museum Insiders Behind Massive $250M Turkish Art Heist (Hyperallegic)

by Laura C. Mallonee on November 12, 2014 original article here.

Corruption is on the rise in Turkey, and the State Art and Sculpture Museum in Ankara is no exception. 375 more words


"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

Full disclosure: I read about a quarter of this book. If you read my last post about “trigger warnings”, this will make sense.

What about “triggers” embedded in fiction? 303 more words

Art requires skill?

Sometimes I’ve heard people say that some art doesn’t require ANY skill at all.  No ability, no skill, no technique, nothing.

But technical skill is necessary in some degree in every artistic context and by every definition of art that I’ve come across so far.   817 more words




         I have a certain fondness for art forgery, and while I’ve never passed my own efforts off as the real thing, I am a fairly good painter. 783 more words


A Visit with Scotland Yard

Fortunately, I wasn’t under arrest when my fellow appraiser Ellen Epstein and I spent the morning in Scotland Yard last week.  We were in London for the Arts and Antiques PG Board Meeting, for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and were visiting Scotland Yard on official appraisal business. 408 more words

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