Thick as Thieves

Hosts Sara Estes and Veronica Kavass discuss heists, forgeries and all sorts of art crimes.

Sara Estes

Veronica Kavass

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A Newman Beyond Repair

If a painting exists as a cultural provocation and receives a cultural provocation, is the provocateur guilty? Barnett Newman found out first hand.
Posted: Tue March 3, 2020
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Nicer than Violence: Affectionate Destruction

Have you ever been so overwhelmed when viewing an artwork that you felt compelled to kiss it? Here's multiple instances where that compulsion is exactly the case.
Posted: Tue February 11, 2020

People Might Like You When You’re Dead

A 51-year old Czech artist smashed a framed painting over Marina Abramović's head as an art performance. Why?
Posted: Tue January 28, 2020

An Ipso Facto Invitation to Urination

Season 2 of Thick as Thieves shines a light on Art Destruction and Vandalism, starting with the most vandalizable piece around; Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain."
Posted: Tue January 14, 2020

Soggy Theft at The Loovre

A soggy theft at The Loovre (yes, Loovre) results in three extremely valuable paintings being stolen. Was it a prank or a rebellious act? Find out.
Posted: Tue July 30, 2019

One Thousand Thanks for the Poor Security

Two paintings within Edvard Munch's The Scream series were stolen from two different Norwegian museums by separate gangs of thieves.
Posted: Tue July 16, 2019

Punk Rock Geriatrics

In a box marked "Miscellaneous High School Artwork" was a Chagall painting stolen thirty years prior. Who stole it and how was the FBI able to recover it?
Posted: Tue July 2, 2019

Plunderdrunk Kleptomania with Stéphane Breitwieser

Stéphane Breitwieser stole at least 250 artworks from hundreds of art museums in Europe. Why?
Posted: Tue June 18, 2019

Ugly Art Gets Stolen Too

Picasso's 'Potrait of Suzanne Bloch' is, arguably, one of his worst works but that didn't stop masked men from lifting the work from the São Paulo Museum of Art in 2007.
Posted: Tue June 4, 2019

Robin Hood Heist

Did a 61-year-old retired truck driver really steal Francisco de Goya’s Duke of Ellington? To benefit elderly people to gain access to public TV?
Posted: Tue May 21, 2019

Abstract Expressionism in Tucson, AZ

Willem de Kooning's Woman-Ochre went missing in 1985 and stayed missing until 2017 when it unceremoniously appeared at an estate sale for two teachers, Rita and [...]
Posted: Tue May 7, 2019

Get It Together, Italy

Veronica and Sara discuss Salvador Mundi, the missing Leonardo da Vinci painting, and how it unravels into a series of stolen paintings.
Posted: Tue April 23, 2019
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