Aug 15, 2013
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Art World Shocker, Stolen Jasper Johns' Paintings, a Connecticut Story

Art World Shocker, Stolen Jasper Johns' Paintings, a Connecticut Story

Litchfield County Times

Artist James Meyer in Litchfield County.

Here's how a March 2012 story from the The Litchfield County Times on Litchfield County artist James Meyer opened:

Anyone raised in post-war suburbia will feel right at home with James Meyer's latest work in his upcoming exhibit, “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” at Hotchkiss School’s Tremaine Gallery.

Opening March 21, with an artist’s reception March 24 from 4 to 6 p.m., the exhibition features economical images that depict the sunny days of childhood in the years before computers and video games—not to mention pervasive adult fears about abduction—urged children inside to more sedentary pursuits. In Mr. Meyer’s images, a girl swings a Hula Hoop around her slim waist, a boy clambers up a grating and youngsters play hide and seek on a sun-dappled lawn.

His works, both large and small, are iconic, rendered in a variety of media, including water colors, oil paints and encaustic (pigment suspended in hot beeswax). He uses surfaces as diverse as paper, canvas, plywood and aluminum for his vibrantly rendered pieces, many of which are edging into sculptural representations.

And here's the critical line from a story published today by The New York Times:

"On Wednesday, Mr. Meyer was arrested for stealing at least 22 works from his employer and selling them through an unnamed New York gallery for $6.5 million, falsely telling the dealer and buyers that Mr. Johns had given them to him as presents and that they would be in the official compendium of the artist’s work, known as the catalogue raisonné."

See the full LCT story and full New York Times story for starkly contrasting views of artist James Meyer.

Art World Shocker, Stolen Jasper Johns' Paintings, a Connecticut Story

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