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nceca juried show theft

updated wed 30 apr 97


Jack Troy on wed 9 apr 97

On a scale of 1 - 10, I'd have to rank the theft of both of Keisuke Mizuno's
elegant and thought-provoking pieces from the NCECA Student Juried Exhibition as
the worst loss among those reported at the conference.
This was my 27th NCECA, and while streakers were big news in the '70s, I can't
recall ever hearing of work being stolen from an exhibition. Accordingly, the
loss of photos of streakers may be "too bad," but the theft of actual work,
especially of the caliber of Keisuke's is truly disgusting. This young man's
work is in a category of its own. He has a marvelous career ahead of him.
I am saddened that as a visitor to this country (he is a grad student at ASU in
Tempe) Keisuke has to live with the knowledge that for someone, art is to steal.

Keisuke's work is pictured on pages 36 and 37 of the exhibition catalogue, and
one of his stolen pieces, "Forbidden Fruit," is pictured in color on the
exhibition announcement. Remarkably, he was represented in 3 exhibitions at
NCECA - the Juried Show, the Student Juried Show, and the Salt-and-Pepper Shaker
Exhibition. It was from the Student Juried Show that his pieces were stolen.
Jack Troy

BALCH@HARVEY.BAKERU.EDU on thu 10 apr 97

Keisuke also had two pieces in the conebox exhibiton at the
Orton booths!
Inge Balch

Martin Schiller on sat 12 apr 97

>for someone, art is to steal.
A topic deserving more thoughtful response than I've seen so far....but
one that probably won't be forthcoming. Jack Troy's initial pronouncement
that...let's see - here....
> Accordingly, the
>loss of photos of streakers may be "too bad," but the theft of actual work,
>especially of the caliber of Keisuke's is truly disgusting. makes a lot of value judgements, and sets such an extreme value
on theft of student work, from someone who is an authority, that a
measured, thoughtful response becomes unlikely.
But a slightly different take might be worth considering. Someone
obviously risked more than a few thousand dollar investment to obtain the

Martin Schiller