2. The art world has been victim to various disasters; whether it be at the hands of humans of the wrath of mother nature. Below are five art related disasters that prove anything can happen.

    5 Things:

    1. "The Stone Breakers" was an 1849-50 painting by French artist Gustave Courbe. During World War II it was destroyed, along with 154 other pictures, when a transport vehicle moving the pictures was bombed by Allied forces in February 1945. (top left)

    2. The 1966 Flood of the Arno River in Florence damaged or destroyed millions of masterpieces of art and rare books. It is considered the worst flood in the city’s history since 1557. With the combined effort of Italian citizens and foreign donors and committees, many of these fine works have been restored. However, even decades later, much work remains. (top right)

    3. When Hurricane Sandy slammed into the east coast in October 2012, hundreds of galleries in the neighborhood of Chelsea were flooded causing devastating damage to numerous works of art. 22nd street practically sank as the Hudson River flooded the streets. (bottom left) [Editor’s note: You can continue to support this cause by collecting art to support the ADAA Relief fund.]

    4. Vandalism happens in the art world, and it is a disheartening occurrence. In October 2012 a Rothko mural from 1958, “Black on Maroon,” was vandalized at Tate Modern in London by a disgruntled guest. (bottom right)

    5. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft case is one that has remained unsolved for nearly a quarter of a century. In 1990, two thieves dresses as Boson Police stole 13 masterpieces from artists such as Rembrandt and Degas with a value totaling $500 million. IN March2013, the FBI has announced that they have finally identified the individuals. (center)


    Lights are flickering back on across a darkened downtown New York, and the city is slowly but surely returning to life. But no one in the art world will ever forget this week, when a freak, full-moon storm buried Chelsea in as much as five feet of water, turning the world’s most important contemporary art district into a watery Pompeii. For those who consider art to be priceless, the destruction is incalculable: entire shows drowned, archives ruined, gallery businesses upended as catastrophically as Thomas Hirschhorn's now-prophetic recent installation of the sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia atGladstone Gallery. Overnight, having a ground-floor space in Chelsea went from a dealer’s dream to a curse. [Read more on Artspace]

  4. From Marianne Vitale’s show, WHAT I NEED TO DO IS LIGHTEN THE FUCK UP ABOUT A LOT OF SHIT at Zach Feuer Gallery in New York, NY. Jan 19-Feb 25, 2012

    “My new motto is: Burning Bridges Since 1973, I think that will be on my tombstone.”

    —Marianne Vitale

    Last Thursday, we ventured over to Chelsea and checked out some of the many openings. The highlight of the evening for myself was the Marianne Vitale show at Zach Feuer Gallery. Featuring a burned bridge filling the gallery with its pungent burned smell, an outhouse riddled with bullet holes, and an amazing exhibition title (and press release for that matter), this was really a show to remember.

    I admit, I wasn’t aware of Vitale before this but I made sure to check her out and came across this interesting interview with her on GalleristNY. Knowing that she first-hand both shot the outhouse she created and burned the bridge she built gave me another level of appreciation of her work. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

    For more photos from the exhibition click here.