Friday, June 29, 2012

Stolen Dali drawing mailed back to New York from Europe

A Salvador Dali drawing that was stolen last week from a New York gallery has been returned - from Europe, by post. Security footage showed a man take the 11in by 14in (28cm by 35cm) drawing off the wall at a new gallery and place it in a shopping bag.
The Venus Over Manhattan gallery said it received an email days ago saying that Cartel de Don Juan Tenirio was "on its way back to you already".
The drawing was sent from Europe with a bogus address by express mail. It was in pristine condition, and postal inspectors intercepted it when it arrived at John F Kennedy Airport on Friday before it could be sent out for delivery.
The gallery will now authenticate the $150,000 drawing.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Alan Turing and Apple Inc.

"But he was also an eccentric and troubled man who was persecuted (and prosecuted) for being gay, a tragedy that contributed to his suicide just short of the age of 42 when he died of cyanide poisoning, possibly from a half-eaten apple found by his side."

John Ferrier Turing

From what I can find, Apple Inc. has nothing to do with this and the name and logo are coincidental, though it would be interesting if it had. Early logo designs indicate the theme was Newton's apple, not Turing's.

As usual, the true story is less and more interesting than imagining. The rainbow color, nothing to do with a gay subtext and the bite out of the apple, totally for scale so it didn't look like a cherry.

"Also it was kind of iconic about taking a bite out of an apple. Something that everyone can experience. It goes across cultures."

Rob Janoff