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Thursday’s Art Notes

Vermeer, The Concert, 1658-1660.

Vermeer’s “The Concert” was one of several works of art stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

Twenty years ago, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston was the site of the biggest art heist in history. Today, with all the advances in DNA technology, the FBI has resubmitted evidence to see if they can gather any new leads.

The heist, which took place March 18, 1990, and included three Rembrandts and a Vermeer, remains the world’s largest art theft in dollar value at as much as $300 million.

Follow these links to read about the FBI’s Art Theft Program and see details on the Gardner heist. There’s a $5 million reward, after all.


The 12th annual Armory Show opens in New York. Last year’s art fair drew 56,000 visitors and more than 200 dealers. This year, 289 galleries will be represented, as well as a record 483 galleries and artist projects in 11 other concurrent fairs, reports the Art Newspaper.

Amid the recession and in a city with no shortage of museums, galleries and foundations, the Art Newspaper asks, “How do these fairs hope to stand out from the crowd?”


Pakistani-American author Daniyal Mueenuddin was named the winner of the Story Prize on Wednesday night for his collection “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders.” The annual book award honors an author of a collection of short fiction with a $20,000 cash award.

Jeffrey Brown talked to Mueenuddin last year about his collection.

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