Winston Wachter Fine Art, New York is pleased to present our first solo exhibition with artist Tracy Rocca. Rocca’s paintings are inspired by everyday organic imagery, as seen through the artist’s eyes at home in New Mexico. Rocca applies many thin layers of oil paint, blending each layer as she goes to achieve the soft, blurred compositions she is known for.
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See pg. 92 of the June 2009 issue of House Beautiful Magazine.
A scandalous story from art history recently profiled on an episode of America’s Most Wanted on April 11, 2009.
Shortly after midnight on the morning of March 18, 1990, two thieves disguised as police officers talked their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. After explaining that they were responding to a call about a disturbance in the courtyard, one of the on-duty security guards buzzed them in. The second security guard came on the scene shortly there after.
The thieves successfully duped the security guards long enough to get them handcuffed, then gagged the two men and moved them to the museum basement.
The thieves then proceeded to steel thirteen works of art during the next 81 minutes. They pulled Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait (1629) off the wall and tried unsuccessfully to take the wooden panel out of the heavy frame and thus left it on the floor. Next, they cut or removed several paintings from their frames including:
Rembrandt’s The Storm on the Sea of Galilee (1633) (image below),
A Lady and Gentleman in Black (1633) (image below),
Vermeer’s The Concert (1658-60) (image below),
and Govaert Flinck’s Landscape with an Obelisk (1638) (image below).
Also stolen was a Rembrandt etching, five Degas drawings, an oil by Édouard Manet, and one by Chez Tortoni (1878-80), plus two objects: a Chinese Ku, or bronze beaker (1200-1100 B.C), and a finial from a Napoleonic flag. To get to the finial, they passed up two Raphaels and a Botticelli. The thieves had to make two trips to their car with the loot.
Geoffrey J. Kelly, the FBI agent assigned to the Gardner case for the past eight years, comments, “It’s difficult to understand why the thieves took what they did, an eclectic collection. They were certainly in the museum long enough to take whatever they wanted.”
More than 19 years after the largest art theft in history, the works are now valued at between $500 million and $600 million. No one has been arrested, there have been no demands for ransom, and none of the works have been recovered, despite the museums ongoing offer of a $5 million reward and complete confidentiality for information leading to their return. The FBI says only 5 percent of stolen art is ever returned. Others believe the figure to be as high as 20 percent. The Gardner’s Dutch Room still displays empty frames where Rembrandt’s A Lady and Gentleman in Black and The Storm on the Sea of Galilee once hung.
The thefts are a subject of a 2005 documentary called “Stolen.” Arguably the best and most complete story of the theft and its investigation is a book by journalist Ulrich Boser called “The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art,” published by Harper Collins. The book boasts of being able to reveal the identities of the thieves, though the author’s findings have not been considered conclusive.
Please join us at the New York gallery for a special viewing of “Dust”, a film conceived and written by Ethan Murrow and his wife, Vita Weinstein Murrow. “Dust” will be shown from 2-4pm on Saturday, May 9th at Winston Wachter Fine Art in New York.
About the film:
Imagine a stark wasteland. Desolate, with neither edifice nor ocean. The spawn of such a disparity is a different breed of people, close-knit by necessity and competitive by nature. A nomadic people with the sort of demented intensity that only the insane embrace and the geniuses lament. They fill their days cultivating from the land, its final resource: dust.
Harvest Films teamed up with Ethan Murrow, an artist with a flare for the absurd and a penchant for depicting the frailty of humanity juxtaposed with the fortitude to pursue what one believes in the face of insurmountable scrutiny.
Directed by Baker Smith, produced by Bonnie Goldfarb, and conceived and written by Murrow and his wife, Vita Weinstein Murrow. Dust was an official selection at the 46th Annual New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center in September 2008.
“Dust” is being shown in conjunction with Ethan Murrow’s current exhibition at Winston Wachter New York entitled: Zero Sum Pilot
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