Daylight Theft of a Drawing by Dalí

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“He did not wear gloves, nor did he don a ski mask. He staged no elaborate diversion. He did not even hide under the cover of night.

The New York Times about the not very spectacular theft of a Dalí in New York: The man who stole a drawing by the Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí on Tuesday wore only the most basic of disguises: that of an everyday gallery visitor, walking past the Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst works on display. And he brought only the most basic of tools for his heist: a black shopping bag.

When he left the new Venus Over Manhattan gallery on Madison Avenue and escaped into a sunny afternoon, no one — not the security guard standing watch in the gallery, not the guard in the building’s lobby — realized that a thief was making his getaway.

The loss of the drawing, “Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio,” valued at $150,000, was a blow to the gallery, near East 77th Street, which has been open for only a month. Its high-society origins and high-concept exhibition have attracted much attention. Its owner is Adam Lindemann, a wealthy art collector and writer whose wife runs another gallery.

The stolen drawing was one of two Dalí works in Mr. Lindemann’s first exhibition, which he described as a fantasy collection inspired by a 19th-century French novel, “À Rebours.”

The missing drawing has made a splash. In an interview on Friday, Mr. Lindemann described the theft and its aftermath as “quite surreal.” He said the gallery was cooperating with the police, but declined to comment on security procedures.

“I’m very saddened by this,” he said.

The watercolor-and-gouache drawing was hung in a group of 14 framed works behind a partition in Venus Over Manhattan’s dark, cavelike third-floor space, where an 18th-century painting by the British artist Henry Fuseli coexists with a 1976 Andy Warhol canvas. ”

Read on at The New York Times