Famous Art Heists

Posted March 18, 2010 by jackgallery
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Today marks the 20th anniversary of one of the biggest of art heists of all time. On March 18, 1990 at 1:24am, two men disguised as Boston police officers enters the Gardner museum in Boston. They fooled the guards into believing that they were real policemen responding to an emergency call, managed to handcuff and bind them with duct tape, then threw them into the basement. In the next 80 minutes, the two men robbed the museum of over $500 million in masterpieces, including Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and Manet. In total, thirteen pieces.

Vermeer's "The Concert", considered the most valuable stolen painting in the world

Vermeer's "The Concert", considered the most valuable stolen painting in the world

20 years later, the criminals still haven’t been caught, but the FBI has stepped up their efforts, both using new technology like digital billboards, as well as offering a $5 million dollar reward. So if you’ve seen any of these paintings

What are some other famous art thefts?

– The Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911 by an employee, who was caught after two years.

    The Mona Lisa now sits safely on the walls of the Louvre in Paris, France.

    – Stephane Breitwieser, AKA the “Art Collector”, confessed to stealing 238 works of art and other exhibits from museums touring Europe. He wanted to build a massive personal collection. Unfortunately for Breitwieser and the world, his mother, Mireille Stengal, took an axe to over 60 paintings in what was possibly an effort to remove incriminating evidence against her son. What a shame. She shredded the canvasses and tossed much of his collection into the Rhine-Rhone River. Antiques worth £6.5 million were retrieved from the river.

      The Princess of Cleves by Lucas Cranach, one of the dozens of artworks destroyed by Breitwieser's mother

      – Jacob de Gheyn III: Rembrandt’s painting, Jacob de Gheyn III has been stolen four times, making it the world’s most stolen painting.

        Jacob de Gheyn III by Rembrant, the world's most stolen painting

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        Tiger Woods is Back!

        Posted March 17, 2010 by jackgallery
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        Yesterday the golf star announced that he would be returning to golf for the Masters Tournament on April 8-April 11. Held every year in Augusta, Georgia, the Masters Tournament is the first of golf’s four annual major championships.

        By returning during this key championship, Woods is re-entering the golf world with a bang.

        Stephen Holland is known for his stunning portraits of sports celebrities, like Muhammed Ali, Brett Favre, as well as Tiger Woods. In these paintings, he captures both the fluid motion of Woods’ swings, as well as the determination and focus in his eyes. These realistic painting are full of emotion and drama.

        Tiger Woods’ name is once again all over the news and you can expect that Woods will be a focus of much media attention in the days leading up to the Masters over the next three and a half weeks. According to CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus, it could become one of the biggest media events of the last ten years.

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        Happy St Patty’s Day! Green Snoopy.

        Posted March 17, 2010 by jackgallery
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        We here at Jack Gallery are getting in the spirit of St Patrick’s Day, as it seems all of Chicago is. This morning, as I walked to work by the bright green Chicago river, I noticed that the street were speckled with figures wearing green shirts, pants, vests, dresses, coats; adorned with green earrings, hats, necklaces.

        In honor of this green holiday, here’s one of our favorite artist’s most green pieces.

        Blow Dry No. 12 by Tom Everhart

        Are We There Yet #13

        Are We There Yet #3 by Tom Everhart

        Blow Dry No. 14 by Tom Everhart

        Blow Dry No. 14 by Tom Everhart

        These three paintings on paper by Tom Everhart explore the simplicity of simple, yet vivid, color choices. They are part of a larger collection called The Miniseries, many of which deviate from Everhart’s usual complex layers of color. The simple nature of the art gives the lines of the images a special prominence and strength, as though you can feel the artist’s hand behind each brushstroke.

        (all images images copyright UFS)

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        Grateful Dead to make an appearance at New York Historical Society Exhibit

        Posted March 12, 2010 by jackgallery
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        Perhaps you’re a fan of rock and roll? Maybe you’ve even got a tie-dyed t-shirt somewhere in your closet and would consider yourself a “Deadhead”? Well you aren’t alone; numerous celebrities, including former president Bill Clinton and Senator Al Franken are fans of the psychedelic music of the Grateful Dead, and all those fans now have something special to rejoice over! The New York Historical Society is featuring an exhibit called Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New York Historical Society, which is running now through July 4th.

        Highlights of the exhibit include musical instruments from the band, like former keyboardist Pigpen’s harmonica, large-scale marionettes like the skeletons from the “Touch of Grey” music video, original art from their posters and albums, props, signs, and the creative fan mail the Dead received over the years.

        It has been said of the artwork made by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelly for the Dead (of Family Dog/Rhino Ent), that the posters managed to “capture the very sound of music.”  The style was heavily influenced by Art Nouveau, specifically the work of Alphonse Mucha and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who were both famous for creating posters in an earlier era. The art on the posters often walked a line of beauty and horror, resulting intricate masterpieces that appealed to people all across.

        Whether you are a longtime fan, or are newly discovering the music and art of the Grateful Dead, head over to the New York Historical Society. It should be a total trip.

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        Artist Profile: Bua – Ovation TV Video

        Posted March 11, 2010 by jackgallery
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        This piece by Ovation TV features one of our favorite artists, Justin Bua. What makes Bua so special? Bua’s art is not isolated from the world around him; it features the people, the colors, the grit, and the beauty to be found in the bustle of the streets or late at night at club. What speaks to people the most is that they feel that street culture is being represented, that Bua is an artist of the people. He immortalizes people who are often ignored by the fine art world: the rapper, the DJ, the breakdancer. He often captures the rhythym of their music in his paintings,  using vibrant yellows and daring reds and dramatic lighting and convey energy and deep passion, as well as deep purples and blues that evoke a romantic and mysterious feeling.

        Another aspect of Bua’s paintings that is truly unique is how he manages to paint the world in an exagerrated fashions — often portraying elongated limbs, large hands — which only heightens their essence. For instance, in Bass Player, the musicians long fingers and arms are articulate to dramatic effect. Each muscle and sinew in the musicians arm is defined, causing it to resemble a bow . The instrument itself is fluid, and it wraps itself around the musician, and it is as though the instrument and musician are one. Even the colors of the musician are reflected in his instrument, as though he could melt into it at any time.

        Each of Bua’s paintings has the same amount of detail and care invested in its paint strokes, but he tries to make his work accessible. Posters of his work can be found everywhere, giving new breath to urban art.

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        How to make a lithograph: Dirty Jobs!

        Posted March 8, 2010 by jackgallery
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        Normally, when you think of the show Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, you might think of the grossest, smelliest, most appalling jobs out there: Worm Dung Farmer, Sewer Inspector, Bat Cave Scavenger (just to name a few). You probably don’t immediately think of Lithographer. But you better believe that the men and women who work at our presses get quiet dirty while they produce exquisite art. So that’s why Dirty Jobs recently featured S2 Art Editions Atelier, where we make all of our lithographs on their show!

        In this episode, Mike Rowe dives into the process of lithography making. He learns a thing or two from Ray Mazza, our master artisan, and gets quite dirty in the process. Check it out!

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        Detroit Tigers offer first pitch to Snoopy!

        Posted March 5, 2010 by jackgallery
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        This father’s day, Sunday, June 20, Snoopy will be throwing the ceremonial first pitch at the Detroit Tigers’ game, in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Peanuts comic. All kids 14 and younger will receive a Charlie Brown Bobblehead.

        Tiger Tickets go on sale Saturday.

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