The Art of the Steal – all time great art theft movies

I am obsessed with art theft movies. I love everything about them but my favorite part is how they get away with the crime. I have to say my all time favorite is currently Hudson Hawk and I am compiling a list. I would love any contributions any readers would have to great movies so I can add them to my All Time Great… list.

This is being prompted by the much anticipated release of Trance by Danny Boyle. The cast of characters include James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel all of whom I have loved as actors from other movies. Hopefully the movie will live up to the hype and I can add it to my list.

Trance 2013

FBI to discuss developments in ’90 Mass. art heist (Associated Press)

Associated Press – Mon, Mar 18, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — The FBI believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole art valued at up to $500 million from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

Richard DesLauriers, the FBI’s special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states. He says authorities believe the art was taken to Connecticut and the Philadelphia region in the years after the theft, and offered for sale in Philadelphia about a decade ago.

The FBI is to discuss the case later Monday. It has a new website aimed at getting help cracking the case at http://www.FBI.gov/gardner . In a video, DesLauriers says the statute of limitations has passed for the crime of art theft and authorities are focused on recovering the art.

There’s a $5 million reward in the case involving 13 stolen works, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas and Manet.

Christo fills former natural gas tank in Germany (Associated Press)

Associated Press – Fri, Mar 15, 2013

OBERHAUSEN, Germany (AP) — Artist Christo has unveiled his latest spectacular creation: a balloonlike installation that fills the inside of a former natural gas storage tank in Germany’s industrial Ruhr region.

Christo’s “Big Air Package,” an inflatable envelope made of translucent white polyester, rises 295 feet (90 meters) from the floor of the Gasometer in Oberhausen. It will be open to the public from Saturday through Dec. 30.

Christo’s structure is kept upright by air fans. Visitors enter through airlocks. Christo says the effect is to leave visitors “virtually swimming in light.”

The tank was converted into an exhibition hall after being taken out of service in 1988.

Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, in 1999 exhibited a wall made of 13,000 colored oil barrels at the Gasometer.