Art stolen for the sum of it’s parts

February 27, 2007 · Print This Article

Canvas hanging in gallery

The banknotes proved too much of a temptation for the thieves

A Norwegian artwork featuring banknotes glued to a canvas has been stolen from the Oslo gallery where it was on show.

The work by artist Jan Christensen, entitled Relative Value, was made up of notes worth 100,000 kroner ($16,300, 12,400 euros).

The robbers got into the gallery by breaking a window.

They then cut each note off the canvas individually and left the 6.5-by-13ft (two-by-four-metre) frame behind.

The work had already been sold to a Norwegian buyer at face value.

“The piece was sold for nothing basically. It was just an exchange,” Mr Christensen told the BBC News website.

“I wanted to make a blunt work with the intention of creating a discussion about the value of art, and about capitalism, and how the art world works,” he said.

Mr Christensen said he did not know whether he would make a replacement.

Frame with artwork removed

The artist wanted to create a discussion about the value of art

“We were afraid something like this might happen,” he said.

“I didn’t want to compromise the artwork but I realised it might cause some problems.”

The thieves managed to make off with the money despite security measures being in place when they broke in late on Sunday.

Mr Christensen believes that the presence in Oslo of many high-profile guests for the King of Norway’s birthday celebrations had diverted many of the city’s police from their usual duties.

Despite the double blow of losing an artwork made up of his own money, Mr Christensen says he finds the theft “interesting”.

“It proves my theory that I have made an artwork that has a value outside the gallery space.”

“It means a lot to me that the myth can continue,” he said, referring to the fact that the notes could end up in general circulation.

He said he found it puzzling that someone might wish to risk jail for relatively small amount of money, and is unsure as to what type of person would have stolen his art.

“It could be a drug user, but at least it’s one who’s interested in art,” he said.




Episode 78: OPENPORT and CAA reviewed

February 25, 2007 · Print This Article

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This week on Bad at Sports: Duncan and Amanda talk to the fine folks in charge of OPENPORT: Realtime Performance, Sound, & Language curated by Nathan Butler, Mark Jeffery, Judd Morrissey, and Lori Talley.

THE SQUARE DANCE EVENT IS THIS SATURDAY!!! BE THERE OR ….well… you get the idea.

Also, we wonder why Edward Lifson has negative feelings towards us???

Next, Brian Andrews on collecting praise and drinking.

Then, Richard talks to Interviewees, Interviewers, Anthony Burton, Aris Georgiades, and ex-pat John Wanzel on CAA, NYC and BS, OK!

Finally, Steve Albini is giant of consciousness. Bow before him.

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BaS Featured Art: State of California vs Chewie

February 21, 2007 · Print This Article

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Episode 77: Jose Lerma & book talk!

February 18, 2007 · Print This Article

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This week: Duncan and Amanda talk to Jose Lerma about painting, art, and the Badgers.

Joanna Topor and Terri Griffith cross swords about literature and minotaurs.

Bad at Sports readies for battle.

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Episode 76: Rodney Graham/ Polvo

February 12, 2007 · Print This Article

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Canadian superstar Rodney Graham joins us. Duncan, Meg and Richard talk to the man that turned driving around on your bicycle on acid in to an art form. I was genius at 18 and I had no idea!!! Jeepers.

Next, Mike Benedetto reviews a touching and timely story of our nation in conflict. I cried through the whole 30 seconds (plus bonus seconds)

THEN, We talk to members of the Polvo team, Elvia Rodriguez-Ochoa and Miguel Cortez (who didn’t really say anything but was there none-the-less). They give us the scoop on Polvo, Pilsen and why their space is so damn cool.

Watch this space: Bad at Sports will soon be declaring complete and utter war on a local institution. Not to be missed.

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