At Artomatic, a Rocket Ship Blasts Off; That's the Breaks
You know it was a good party when an expensive artwork goes missing -- and no one even seems to mind very much.
In the spot where Washington glass artist Tim Tate hung his sculpture "The Rapture" at the eclectic Artomatic art event in Arlington's Crystal City, there remains nothing but two holes in the wall. The cute rocket ship-looking thing, standing about a foot high and priced at $1,500, was one of 10 sculptures in Tate's booth at the month-long show, which involves some 600 artists. The last time anyone is sure it was there was at the lively opening April 13, which drew some 3,500 partyers. Days later, Tate started hearing from friends and art bloggers that it had apparently walked off.
Sondra Arkin, an Artomatic organizer, cast doubt on the theft rumor, saying she heard it was removed after getting damaged. "I don't know that anyone's been claiming any criminal activity," she said, adding that the show provides security but that artists are alerted to the risks.
Tate told our colleague Rachel Beckman he has no idea what happened to the piece, but that he's not complaining to either Artomatic or police. "I work in glass, and you know what happens when you work in glass? Things break. All the time."
Besides, "I like the two holes and the word 'rapture' next to it," he said. "I like the thought that it's been raptured."
|Andrew Sullivan, left, and Aaron Tone at the Bark Ball.(Paw Prints Photography)|
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