Art of the Steal

After 25 years, authorities are no closer to solving the mystery of who stole $500 Mil worth of artwork from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and where said artwork is.

Back in 1990, on the evening of St. Patrick’s Day (I don’t think enough credit is given to the robbers for this brilliant tactical move. I mean, next to Christmas, is there a better time to stage a massive art heist in the heavily Irish Boston area than on the evening of St. Patty’s Day? I didn’t think so.) a couple of robbers posed as Police men and talked their way into the Gardner Museum, where they then duct taped the guards and stole a lot of very expensive artwork. The thing that has baffled authorities and art historians for years though, is that the robbers left far more valuable artwork in the museum:

They handcuffed [the guard] and another watchman in the basement, duct-taped their wrists and faces and, for 81 minutes, brazenly and clumsily cut two Rembrandts from their frames, smashed glass cases holding other works, and made off with a valuable yet oddball haul.

It included the Rembrandt’s “Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Gallilee”, Vermeer’s “Concert” Manet’s “Chez Tortoni”, Degas sketches, a bronze-plated eagle, and a Shang dynasty vase secured to a table by a bulky metal device that by itself probably took 10 minutes to pull apart. Left behind were prizes like a Titian, some Sargents, Raphaels and Whistlers, and, inches from the Degas works, a Pieta sketch by Michelangelo

Many theories and scenarios have been investigated, including one theory that James “Whitey” Bulger was behind the heist. However, as the years have gone by and potential suspects have died off, it could be many years before these lost masterpieces are ever found.

Pencil vs Camera

A very cool and creative set of photos titled Pencil vs. Camera, where a pencil drawing is superimposed on a real life scene and then the author took a photo, displaying a seamlessly integrated scene of the drawing and the photo. Super cool!

Headshots from the WSJ

Here is an interesting exhibit from the Smithsonian that profiles the unique Head cuts from the Wall St. Journal and how they are created. Surprisingly, even in today’s digital world, these images are hand drawn by artists commissioned by the WSJ. What would be really cool would be an online application where you could submit an image of yourself, and it would be rendered in the same manner as the WSJ headshots.

Cat In The Hat

Every year, there is one movie that is marketed at a nauseating frequency with its own marketing, and the marketing of the numerous product tie-ins. And this year, it is The Cat In the Hat starring Mike Myers. The number of product tie-ins is just insane, and this is coming from someone with a marketing degree. As a marketing manager, I would have to question the true value of such a program for the simple reason that the public probably gets so saturated with the Cat in the Hat messaging that they lose track of who or what products are sponsoring/partnering with the movie and therefore, your product gets lost in the clutter.