Woven amongst the usual Soma of sour puss this-and-that this week is a definite theme of naughtiness. As worldwide financial troubles manifest in a broad range of desperate crimes from petty theft and forgery to million dollar heists, the art world’s manic leg gnawing goes public and those in a position to profit take what they can carry before the search light falls.
In related $1million is being offered for a lead to locating the “Athletes” series by Andy Warhol from Richard Weisman’s collection that has been stolen from the collector’s Los Angeles residence [via Telegraph]
Three paintings believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler in his youth as a struggling artist were sold at Weidler’s auction house, Germany, for a total of $60,000 to three phone bidders [via The New York Times]
A 17-year old artist named Cartrain who stole pencils from a Damien Hirst installation [via The Independent] has been stripped of his artwork for incorporating Hirst’s ideas into his collages [via ArtObserved]
A man in posession of over a thousand fake Giacometti bronzes is arrested by German police [via Art Market Monitor]
Bill Viola declines invitation by Pope Benedict XVI to a culture summit positioned to reconcile spirituality and artistic expression on grounds that he disagrees with policies put forth by the Vatican and the Catholic Church [via Artnet]
Tony Shafrazi, art terrorist [via Artnet]