I believe there is a special circle of hell for people who steal art. If you’ve ever made anything, whether it was a pie or a painting, you know you’ve put a piece of yourself into it every single time (unless you’re The Painter of Light), so when that thing gets stolen it’s gut wrenching, it’s like a kidnapping, you feel sick inside. Twice I’ve had work stolen right off the gallery walls. One came back, wrapped in a couple grocery bags, left on the gallery steps after a postering campaign around town (the posters started a whole censorship controversy in itself but that’s another story for another time); one was never seen again.
On February 27th, one of Lori Earley’s drawings was swiped right off the walls of Jonathan LeVine in NYC. You can see the whole show here.
“All reports confirm that the suspect in question is a white male, approximately 6’2” tall, in his mid-to-late thirties. He was seen wearing a blue baseball hat with a navy blue backpack, and he spoke with a very heavy New York accent. ” If you or anyone you know has information as to who might have committed this theft or leads on possible location of the stolen drawing, please contact the gallery immediately at (212) 243-3822 or info@jonathanlevinegallery. They are offering a reward for its return.
And a special “reward” is waiting for that thief in the afterlife. (I think Bosch really nails it.)