News Recap: April 3, 2015

Weekly recap of art-world news.

Empty frames where stolen works once hung in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Screenshot from virtual heist tour. 

Empty frames where stolen works once hung in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Screenshot from virtual heist tour

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist Has Been Solved! (Mostly)
Though none of the stolen artworks have been recovered, reports confirm the identities of the art thieves responsible for the infamous 1992 heist. George Reissfelder and Lenny DiMuzio dressed as Boston police officers, deceiving security guards and stealing 13 artworks. Both robbers were members of a crime ring led by Carmello Merlino and died within a year of the heist.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)

New Printing Technology Allows the Blind to Experience Famous Paintings
A new printing process called Didú has been developed by Spanish printing studio Estudios Dueror to create 3D versions of famous paintings. The relief-like sculpture is created from high-resolution images of the artworks. Now on view at the Prado Museum in Madrid, visitors can put their hands on these sculptural paintings for a new perspective.
Read the full story (Booooooom)

New Arkansas Bill Outlaws Street Photography
A new bill titled SB-79 and known as the Personal Rights Protection Act is in progress in the Arkansas Senate. Designed to protect its citizen’s right to privacy, the implications for photographers has caused substantial controversy. ASMP has spoken out against the bill with a few startlingly hypotheticals that leave photographers (and the general public) highly susceptible to lawsuits.
Read the full story (F Stoppers)