"Stolen from Gardner Museum: Chez Tortoni;" Fingerprint Ink on card; 1994.
Stolen Manet: Chez Tortoni
“…In Sabba’s version of the stolen painting, the eyes of the gentleman were
large and round and dark. He looked sadder and more contemplative than in
the original. The fingerprint card asked for the arrestee’s name, height,
weight, and social security number, but the spaces were blank except for the
daubed re-creation of the stolen image, which rose above the form’s lines
and boxes, as if it couldn’t be restricted by categorization. But the work
could also be read as an argument that art itself was an illegal act, a way
to transgress and transform, to keep ideas alive through robbery and
rip-offs. Thieves swiped the original-Sabba made a copy.”
–Written by Ulrich Boser in his outstanding new book: The Gardner Heist;
Harpers Collins; 2009; ISBN: 978-0-06-145183-6. Links to purchase this book
are available via our Amazon.com store.
"Stolen From Gardner Museum: Rembrandt Self Portrait;" Fingerprint Ink on
"Stolen From Gardner Museum: Chinese Ku from the Shang era, 1200 BCE";
Fingerprint ink on card; 1994.
"Salvador Dali': Artist genius and prankster/fraudster;" Fingerprint ink on
Stolen: The Scream; finger print ink on police fingerprint
card done in the artist's prints; Charlie Sabba.
"Wanted: Whitey Bulger (suspected of possessing the
Gardner art works for a short time);
oil, pastel, on FBI wanted card"
"Vincenzo Peruggia: Stole the Monalisa from the Louvre in
fingerprint ink on fingerprint card done in the artist's prints"