Can You Assume the Identity of an ART Thief?

MICHAEL MANALO “Differences,” 2008 Digital photo manipulation, 10.2″x8.25″ – Ed. 100, $65

This may seem like an odd question to ask, but ARTinfo recently reported that doctors are claiming that an Austrailian lawyer took paintings while he was sleeping, “Assuming the Identity of an Art Thief!”

The report went on to explain that exactly what compelled Australian lawyer Michael Gerard Sullivan to steal two paintings from the Katoomba Fine Art Gallery in Leura, New South Whales, in 2008 may remain a mystery, because he claims he has no memory of the theft.

IMOGEN CUNNINGHAM “Martha Graham 2,” 1931, Silver gelatin darkroom print, 18″x14″ (image 9.26″x6.75″), $1,800

Facing up to seven years in jail, Sullivan pleaded guilty to the theft during a court appearance on the May 25th, but a conviction was not recorded because the judge recognized that he had led an exemplary life and, according to two psychiatric reports, was suffering from a case of dissociative disorder, dissociative amnesia at the time that led to him “assuming the identity of an art thief” and then forgetting that he committed the theft.

BENNETT BEAN “Master #1646 (Vessel),” 2011 Pit fired, painted and gilded earthenware, 4.38″H x 2.75″W, $650

The team at ARTprojectA was intrigued by the thought of “assuming the identity of an art thief.” and decided to ask the question:

What would you take from if you assumed the identity of an ART thief???

WANDA DEAN “Edge of the Forest,” 2011, Oil on canvas, 6″x16″, $375

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