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The Thief Collector

  • Allison Otto, Director
  • Caryn Capotosto, Producer
  • Jill Howerton, Producer
  • Joshua Kunau, Producer

About the Project

It was one of the most audacious and puzzling crimes of a generation. 
In 1985, Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre,” one of the most valuable paintings of the 20th century, vanished into the desert of southern Arizona after being cut from its frame at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. Over 32 years later, the painting was rediscovered in the unlikeliest of places.

The Thief Collector unravels the deeper layers of this infamous heist, exploring the complicated dynamics of family, the contours of criminality, and just how far people are willing to go to weave their own grandiose narratives.