Monday News Conference at UA Museum of Art


Aug. 11, 2017

News Conference on Return of de Kooning Artwork

  • What: News conference about the return of Willem de Kooning's "Woman-Ochre" to the University of Arizona Museum of Art
  • When: 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14
  • Where: UA Museum of Art, 1031 N. Olive Road, Tucson AZ 85721

TUCSON, Ariz. — Willem de Kooning's "Woman-Ochre," stolen the day after Thanksgiving in 1985, has been returned to the University of Arizona Museum of Art by a good Samaritan from New Mexico. Preliminary authentication confirms it is the famous painting.

The painting will be available for viewing and photos at Monday's news conference. Those available for interviews will include Olivia Miller, UAMA curator; Meg Hagyard, interim UAMA director; David Van Auker, the New Mexican who returned the painting to the museum; Nancy Odegaard, a conservator and professor from the Arizona State Museum who provided preliminary authentication; and Kimberly Andrews Espy, UA senior vice president for research, whose office oversees the art museum. 


Media Contacts:
Chris Sigurdson
University Communications

Gina Compitello-Moore
University of Arizona Museum of Art

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