Steal This Art Show at MINT


Saturday night, MINT hosted an exhibition made to be stolen. The artists were responsible for creating the art as well as “security devices” for protection.

I came prepared.
I came prepared.

But most of the pieces were protected by more than iron bars or heavy chains.
But most of the pieces were protected by more than iron bars or heavy chains.

Still, at least I was able to use my Comically Oversized Wire Cutters.
Still, at least I was able to use my Comically Oversized Wire Cutters.

Most people took the more direct approach.
Most people took the more direct approach.

Too bad you can't hear the alarm... One painting made it upstairs, where it then passed to an accomplice—through the second-story window.
Too bad you can’t hear the alarm… One painting made it upstairs, where it then passed to an accomplice—through the second-story window.


By 11:20, the entire place had been stripped bare—almost two dozen pieces gone in less than two hours. Apparently, towards the end, thieves started bum-rushing the door en masse. It was pandemonium.

Although MINT Gallery scheduled a closing event for the show, they will be announcing a replacement soon. (Since, of course, all the art is gone.) “Steal This Art Show” was organized by Click Clique.

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  • Emilee
    October 9, 2008 at

    http://www.clickclique.org/wordpress/?page_id=141 has some new pics posted up of the show

    Also, we are trying to keep up with some of our thieves so if anyone got away with a piece e-mail me – roseheathbar@gmail.com

    We had a blast!

  • Ben Grad
    October 9, 2008 at

    I don’t think the zine’s going to be posted online – maybe we can get our hands on some screen shots to host at Burn Away?

  • roula
    October 8, 2008 at

    this is freaking awesome. thanks ben. also, will the zine be posted online– or some other way of finding out about the artists? ps, the link for clickclique doesn’t work.

  • Ben
    October 8, 2008 at

    Ask Mike or Stephanie (http://www.clickclique.org/wordpress/?page_id=2)!

  • Matt
    October 8, 2008 at

    Ben, who’s playing this event? Let us know if we can help out

  • Mike
    October 7, 2008 at

    The closing reception will be replaced by the release of a zine that will cover the event from concept to completion, including images of the work, info about stolen art throughout history, and photos from the event. Date and details still undetermined. A band will perform.

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