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Oxford art gallery has millions of pounds worth of historic art stolen overnight – Daily Mail

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Art thieves steal three historic paintings worth ‘millions of pounds’, including a 17th Century masterpiece by Van Dyck of ‘very high value’ from an Oxford University gallery in night-time heist

  • Van Dyck painting from 1616 and 1580 Annibale Carraci work both stolen
  • Three paintings stolen from Christ Church Picture Gallery on Saturday night
  • Thames Valley Police are trying to track down the masterpieces 

Three historic paintings thought to be worth millions of pounds have vanished from an art gallery after an overnight heist.

Thames Valley Police are on the hunt for audacious burglars who stole the paintings, one of which dates back to 1616, from an art gallery in St Aldates, Oxford on Saturday night.

The alarm was raised when thieves broke into the renowned Christ Church Picture Gallery at 11pm.

Anthony Van Dyck's 1616 painting A Soldier on Horseback is thought to be worth more than £1million. It was one of three historic paintings to be stolen from Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford on Saturday night

Anthony Van Dyck’s 1616 painting A Soldier on Horseback is thought to be worth more than £1million. It was one of three historic paintings to be stolen from Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford on Saturday night

Thames Valley Police is asking for any witnesses to come forward as they try and recover the lost paintings. A Boy Drinking by Annibale Caracci is the oldest painting to be stolen out of the three, it dates back to 1580 and was on display at the gallery in  St Aldates, Oxford

Thames Valley Police is asking for any witnesses to come forward as they try and recover the lost paintings. A Boy Drinking by Annibale Caracci is the oldest painting to be stolen out of the three, it dates back to 1580 and was on display at the gallery in  St Aldates, Oxford

Thames Valley Police is asking for any witnesses to come forward as they try and recover the lost paintings. A Boy Drinking by Annibale Caracci is the oldest painting to be stolen out of the three, it dates back to 1580 and was on display at the gallery in  St Aldates, Oxford

Detectives established three paintings were taken, including the irreplaceable A Soldier on Horseback.

Painted by Anthony Van Dyck in 1616, the work is thought to be worth more than £1million.

A Boy Drinking, Annibale Carraci’s painting from 1580 was stolen along with Salvator Rosa’s A Rocky Coast, with Soldiers Studying a Plan, from the 1640s was the third piece of art to be stolen.

Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Jon Capps, said: ‘The paintings which have been stolen are very high value pieces dating back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

‘The artwork has not yet been recovered but a thorough investigation is underway to find it and bring those responsible to justice.

Salvator Rosa's A Rocky Coast with Soldiers Studying a Plan dates back to the 1640s, it was stolen with two other paintings from Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford in a haul worth millions of pounds

Salvator Rosa's A Rocky Coast with Soldiers Studying a Plan dates back to the 1640s, it was stolen with two other paintings from Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford in a haul worth millions of pounds

Salvator Rosa’s A Rocky Coast with Soldiers Studying a Plan dates back to the 1640s, it was stolen with two other paintings from Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford in a haul worth millions of pounds

Christ Church Picture Gallery is in the heart of Oxford. Thames Valley Police is appealing any witnesses to last night's burglary to come forward

Christ Church Picture Gallery is in the heart of Oxford. Thames Valley Police is appealing any witnesses to last night's burglary to come forward

Christ Church Picture Gallery is in the heart of Oxford. Thames Valley Police is appealing any witnesses to last night’s burglary to come forward

‘There will be an increased police presence in the area while officers and staff carry out inquiries. If you saw or heard anything suspicious in the area last night, please get in touch.

‘Also if you have any CCTV or other footage around the area that you think could help with the investigation, please share them with us. You can get in touch by calling the non-emergency number 101, or making a report online.

‘If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.’ 

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David Driskell, prominent authority on black art, dies at 88 – Times Colonist

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FALMOUTH, Maine — David Driskell, one of the nation’s most influential African American artists and a leading authority on black art, has died. He was 88.

Driskell was a multimedia artist who used the trees around his Falmouth, Maine, cabin home as a feature in his work. A spokeswoman for the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland said he died on Wednesday. The cause of his death, in a hospital near his home in Hyattsville, Maryland, was not disclosed.

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Driskell went to Maine in the 1950s to study at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He was part of a wave of artists who came to the state from New York, the Portland Press Herald reported. He would go on to become the author of several books and more than 40 catalogues, and curated “Two Centuries of Black American Art: 1750-1950” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the 1970s. The show was pivotal in paving the way for the study of African American art history.

Driskell once said of Maine: “I dream about it when I’m not there.”

The spokeswoman for the Driskell Center said services are not planned at this time due to concerns about coronavirus, which has disrupted funeral services around the country.

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David Driskell, prominent authority on black art, dies at 88 – Powell River Peak

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FALMOUTH, Maine — David Driskell, one of the nation’s most influential African American artists and a leading authority on black art, has died. He was 88.

Driskell was a multimedia artist who used the trees around his Falmouth, Maine, cabin home as a feature in his work. A spokeswoman for the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland said he died on Wednesday. The cause of his death, in a hospital near his home in Hyattsville, Maryland, was not disclosed.

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Driskell went to Maine in the 1950s to study at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He was part of a wave of artists who came to the state from New York, the Portland Press Herald reported. He would go on to become the author of several books and more than 40 catalogues, and curated “Two Centuries of Black American Art: 1750-1950” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the 1970s. The show was pivotal in paving the way for the study of African American art history.

Driskell once said of Maine: “I dream about it when I’m not there.”

The spokeswoman for the Driskell Center said services are not planned at this time due to concerns about coronavirus, which has disrupted funeral services around the country.

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London art galleries find new ways to reach public, promote exhibitions – The London Free Press

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Michael Gibson, owner of the Michael Gibson Gallery on Carling Street. (File photo)


Michael Gibson suspected weeks ago it would be arts and culture on which the public depend to help get them through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reading, watching movies and television, and listening to music are all helping people occupy their time isolated at home.

And the city’s art galleries have shifted their operations to tap into that reality, going online with podcasts and videos to draw people to their exhibitions, which can be viewed only by appointment while their doors are closed to walk-in traffic during the pandemic.

“The beauty of the website is it’s 24 hours a day, seven days a week and it doesn’t care if it’s raining, snowing or a pandemic,” said Gibson, who was among the vanguard of businesses who tapped the potential of the Internet.

Activity on the gallery’s website (gibsongallery.com) is up 20 per cent over the last month, with people viewing and making inquiries.

“I’d say people clearly have a lot more time on their hands and that leads them to going online and visiting websites,” Gibson said. “As I expected, people have gone to culture to fill their time.

“There’s no sense dwelling on the negative all the time and part of being positive is exploring things that you don’t necessarily do regularly because you don’t have the time.”

Without the usual foot traffic, Gibson admitted sales are “softer.” Some customers continue to buy, but “buying is not necessarily everyone’s priority right now,” he said.

Westland Gallery in Wortley Village launched its first online exhibition, which allows the arts to be viewed and purchased, although private arrangements can be made for viewings.

The new exhibition, titled Off Road, features works by Sheila Davis and Andrew Sookrah. To connect with the public online, the gallery (westlandgallery.ca) has posted videos of interviews, talks and demonstrations by the artists.

Danielle Hoevenaars, the gallery’s associate director, said the gallery has always received “great” support from the Wortley Village community in terms of heavy foot traffic.

“We’ve always had a website and connected by social media, so we thought we’d try and improve the online experience with interviews and videos. And we’ve definitely noticed an increase of traffic on social media, so people are clearly trying to engage that way on their phones and computers,” said Hoevenaars.

“It’s an adjustment for everyone, but I’m certainly enjoying making the videos. It’s different but kind of nice to see that can still be connected.”

Jonathan Bancroft-Snell Gallery, which has grown to one of the country’s most important ceramic art galleries featuring works by more than 120 artists, is also open by appointment only by emailing brian@jonathons.ca or calling 519-859-0682 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Bancroft-Snell, whose husband Stephen White returned on one of the last flights from Mexico, has been in quarantine for 14 days ending Friday. He has turned to social media to keep connected with the public and friends.

Each day at 3 p.m., Bancroft-Snell has been broadcasting a podcast on his Instagram account, #ceramiclondon, where he talks about politics, life, pandemic and art. Plans to celebrate the gallery’s 20th anniversary this month are hold.

“I’m trying to build a little social distancing community,” said Bancroft-Snell. “We’re in unchartered waters right now and we have to stay afloat.”

A few clients have “made advance purchases, sending me cheques for things they might want to buy in the future knowing things are bad now.” One sale Bancroft-Snell made was to a woman also in quarantine, and another for a piece an artist hasn’t completed.

Bancroft-Snell, whose shop is downtown on Dundas Street just west of Wellington Street, also worries for the homeless people living on the street.

“And I’d like to think this (pandemic) will change how we care for each other,” he said.

”This pandemic should be a major wakeup call for us all. And a lot of artists are, all of a sudden, having major difficulties. They don’t have paycheques. They’re in a real bind.”

jbelanger@postmedia.com

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