Salvador Dali stolen from Upper East Side gallery
Apparently, it's open season on Spanish artists. Last week Picasso's Woman in a Red Armchair was spray painted at Houston's Menil Collection gallery. Now, the Daily News reports a man pulled a small Dali painting off the wall of the Venus Over Manhattan Art Gallery on the Upper East Side, right after drawing attention to himself by asking permission to take a picture. He did. He slid it into a shopping bag.
It's not the only recent art heist in Manhattan. In March, some Ellen Harvey's were swiped in Chelsea, and someone snagged a Steven Parrino at Marc Jancou last month. Perhaps this is a warning to the gallerists, auctioneers and art fair promoters who insist on gleefully reminding us of the robustness of the art market. And to art thieves. Read the papers. Dali hasn't been strong for quite some time. Hold out for a Richter.
Culture News By Laura Smith
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