The generalist media loves these sorts of stories about art thefts
but stealing one half of a carved diptych by Leroy Setziol from Reed College is pretty sad
. Yes it is worth something (quoted insurance values are accurate but in terms of easy resale, no) but as only half a piece it is essentially damaged goods. Anyone with information is asked to contact Reed's Community Safety's non-emergency line at 503-517-5355
Leroy Setziol exhibition currently on view at PAM
To put a positive spin on this the Portland Art Museum currently has an exhibition of the artist's work on display
and he's been a bit of a secret favorite of mine for years. My sense is someone decided this would be an escapade of opportunity... a professional would have stolen both parts or much more valuable pieces on display at Reed. Let's hope it comes back in the next 72 hours. You can find Setziol's work all over Portland
and it always adds an air of grandly lyrical civilized activity... let's hope the spirit of the work convinces the perpetrator(s) to bring it back.
Good news, the panel has been returned though with some damage.
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