$10 million painting is stolen for the third time since 1988

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2021/01/19/10-million-painting-is-stolen-for-the-third-time-since-1988.html

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I say it’s that hat.

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Stealing this specific painting is something of a right of passage for up-and-coming art thieves, a way of proving that they are ready for the big leagues.

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Don’t underestimate the nostalgic appeal common to all such depictions of rosy-cheeked, preadolescent alcoholism. Also that wash of light across the negative space above the figures — they say if you stare into that void long enough you are drawn through the flatness of the liminal space and emerge in 17th century Rotterdam.

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At least they didn’t try to steal this one. Jeff Goldblum can tell us how well that ended.

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from the NYT

The website for the museum, which is closed to visitors because of the pandemic, has made no mention of the theft.

That’s weird, why would you block traffic to a website because of Covid? And of course it doesn’t mention the theft, it wouldn’t have been updated since the pandemic started. Journalism today, my god.

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I think I remember that in the late 90s certain US government websites would shut down at the end of business hours. It seems like this must be a false memory because it makes no sense, but if the practice had always been to shut the systems down for the night…

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because beer

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You are rite. But wrong.

(Open goal for pedant. Sorry/Thanks.)

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This has given me a great idea, though…if someone was a current day struggling starving artist, and their paintings kept being stolen from galleries and art shops, mightn’t that elevate an awareness of their art?

Asking for a friend.

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Ah, you got me! That’s what I get for posting while drunk. I will never live this one down.

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