UPDATE: Three paintings stolen from Charleston County Public Library's gallery

Charleston Art Heist


Flaming Nebula was one of the three images stolen
  • Flaming Nebula was one of the three images stolen

UPDATE (8/2): Artist Alizey Khan reports that a fourth painting was stolen this morning. The Charleston County Public Library has called a press conference for 3 p.m. this afternoon, where they say they plan to release surveillance footage of the caper. The new thefts didn't exactly sit well with Khan, who, in updating her blog today, unleashed the fury of a thousand brushes, "MAY THE PASTA LORD CURSE YOU WITH ETERNAL INDIGESTION, THIEF. No, seriously, I hate him."

More info to come as we get it.

On Tues. July 30, a man wearing a backpack walked into the Charleston County Public Library and stole three of Alizey Khan's paintings that were on exhibit. This art heist seems more suited for a larger city or a movie staring George Clooney and Brad Pitt, but the truth of the matter is that it's appalling and sad and horrible. The paintings stolen used Kahn's layered resin techniques and can be seen on her website.

Kahn says she "feel[s] a bit violated, to be honest, especially since the three stolen pieces were the ones I was proudest of in the whole exhibition." She was able to add a touch of humor to the situation by letting the thief know that she "forgot to put UV protecting sealer over the Eagle Nebula after I finished it, so it’ll cloud and yellow if you take it out into the sun. Small consolations."

If you have any information, please contact Kahn or the police. 


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