Monday, May 26, 2008

A Sad Day in Art History

This weekend, there was a brazen theft of rare art. Haida art by Bill Reid was stolen from the Museum of Anthropology and curators fear that it has been melted. Most of the pieces were small, and made of gold. Reid's famous piece is currently seen on the Canadian $20 bill.

This is a sad day for art. Over the years, various art thefts have rocked the art world. This is tragic as many great pieces have been lost.

I remember watching a movi
e with Matthew Broderick and Marlon Brando. Brando shows him a painting in his living room and claims that it is the real one. That the one in the Louvre is a fake. I wonder if this isn't what happens to the thefts of other artworks. "The Scream" has been stolen more than once. I'm sure there are others as well.
What makes this theft tragic is that it is Canadian art at its finest. A rare and exquisite collection of tribal art. History is contained within the art of First Nations' art, as it is telling a story within the artwork itself. It is an expression of the oral history. The essence of a people. Gone hopefully to be recovered soon.

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