Art Thieves Strike Again.
“On Thursday (May 20) art thieves broke into the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and stole $123m of paintings, including a Matisse and a Picasso. Friday (May 21) two men got into the home of a collector in Marseille and stole five works. It is not yet known whether the thefts is connected with the Paris robbery earlier in the week, during which the painting above — Pastoral, by Henri Matisse — was taken. But be vigilant with your masterpieces, people.”
Presence through Absence.
When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, attendance dramatically increased as hordes of people flocked to the Louvre to stare at the space where the Mona Lisa had previously hung. ‘Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us from Seeing’ by Darian Leader is a fascinating read combining psychoanalytical insights of Freud in a “elegant discussion of why we find art so seductive.”