There’s something romantic about art theft, isn’t there?

I have a quiet fascination with art theft. Some of my favorites are…

The Thomas Crown Affair, 1999, (movie)
The sizzling remake, starring Rene Russo and Pierce Brosnan, prominently features René Magritte’s The Son of Man. It also features which introduced me to the Surrealist movement as little boy. But the reason I really enjoy the film is the shell-game sequence during the final heist.

Shell game sequence:
The Son of Man:

It features The movie also salutes Rene Magritte by prominently feature “The Son of Man” painting. Shell-game sequent Check it out here:

Bored billionaire Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) decides to entertain himself by stealing a Monet from a reputed museum. When Catherine Banning (Rene Russo), an investigator for the museum’s insurance company, takes an interest in Crown, a complicated back-and-forth game with romantic undertones begins between them. In an attempt to find out where Banning’s loyalties lie, Crown returns the painting and essentially turns himself in, hoping that Banning’s feelings for him will lead to an escape.

The Art Thief Book (fiction)
A valiant effort at fiction by a famed art historian. I think I liked it more for the way he attempts to interweave his knowledge of art history into the story.

The Art of the Steal is a 2009 documentary film about the controversial move of the Barnes Foundation, generally considered to be the world’s best collection of post-Impressionist art and valued in 2009 to be worth at least $25-billion, from Merion, Pennsylvania to Philadelphia. The move was disputed because Doctor Albert C. Barnes, who died in 1951, had specifically selected Lower Merion Township for its location. The collection was moved in 2012 to downtown Philadelphia.[1] The film presents an account of the claimed breaking of Barnes’ will, which it presents as a decades-long process that was initiated by Philadelphians who were enemies of Barnes while he was alive, and that was continued by their heirs.

A 2009 documentary The story of how the worlds greatest collection of impressionist paintings was A national treasure lost (and gained). A story fitting of a nonfiction work, but is so very real.

Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa (nonfiction)
i had no idea that the Louvre was missing the Mona Lisa for almost two years! This is the story behind that. Some believe that Picasso was in on the heist.

The Barnes Collection (museum)
After watching The Art of the Steal I had some real reservations about going to the new museum in Philadelphia. I’m glad I went. It was the most amazing museum experience ever. I’m conflicted about supporting a bunch of despicable art thief.

Second Realm Studio / Trash Art

As a trash artist i push the boundaries or copyright and ip through remixing other artist’s work. It’s not for the faint of heart and you have to have a thick skin. But there are some who believe that nothing is original and everything is a remix. The “decentralize art!” movement pushes the boundary even further in the Decentralized Art industry.

Creativity is a remix: TED talk by Kirby Ferguson

Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators both borrow, steal and transform.

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