STREET ART THEFT

WHEN WE PROFILED Skalitzers Berlin in October for Issue 9, we predicted their chic concrete exhibition space showing the best international street art would get an enthusiastic response—they got that but not in the way they had hoped.

After opening with a show of work by Fernando Carlo aka Cope2—one of New York’s most respected taggers—a group of thieves broke into the gallery and stole all but four works. Witnesses say four young men were later seen on the U-bahn with the works and are believed to have targeted the gallery specifically for Cope2’s tags.

Police are on the case and the gallery has offered a reward for the return of the works, no questions asked.

2 Comments

  1. P Books
    Posted April 6, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    An inevitable flow on from trying to institutionalise street art. The street will always claim it back…

    • Paul
      Posted April 7, 2010 at 7:12 am | Permalink

      Good point P Books. But the artists showing at Skalitzers all still work the streets and the kids who stole it were artists from the street but were trying to sell the work on. I don’t think institution/street is such a neat split.

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