The Thief Collector
In 1985, Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre,” one of the most valuable paintings of the 20th century, vanished into the Arizona desert after being cut from its frame at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. 32 years later, the $160 million painting was found hanging in the home of Jerry and Rita Alter in rural New Mexico. The Thief Collector takes a deep look at how, and why, this mild-mannered couple pulled off one of the greatest art heists of a generation, exploring the complicated dynamics of family, the contours of criminality, and just how far people will go to weave their own grandiose narratives.
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Bryn Mooser, Kathryn Everett, Tony Hsieh, Andy Hsieh, Justin Lacob, John Boccardo and Derek Esplin, Shizuka Asakawa and Kathleen L'Esperance
Caryn Capotosto, Jill Latiano Howerton, Joshua Kunau
Mark Monroe, Nick Andert
Rod Hassler and Matt Ryan (recreations)
Glenn Howerton, Sarah Minnich, Scott Takeda, Matt Pittenger
Co-Producers: Mary Kay Cook, Heath Cullens, Graphics: Scott Grossman