Attacker Faces Charges for Damaging $40 Million Clyfford Still Painting

  • Clyfford Still's 1957-J-No.  2 was damaged in the Dec.  29 attack.

    Clyfford Still's 1957-J-No. 2 was damaged in the Dec. 29 attack.

    Clyfford Still Museum

A painting valued at $30 million to $40 million was attacked by a woman at the new Clyfford Still Museum in Denver on Dec. 29.

Carmen Lucette Tisch, 36, of Denver was arrested for allegedly being drunk and punching the 9 1/2-foot-tall by 13-foot-wide painting, called 1957-J-No. 2.

Tisch is being held on a $20,000 bond. She will be in court Friday morning for criminal mischief charges.

About $10,000 worth of damage was inflicted, but the painting can be repaired, according to the museum.

"This extremely rare and random act of criminal mischief is highly deplorable; however, it will not deter us from performing our mission and continuing to provide a world-­‐class art experience to our visitors," read a museum statement posted Jan. 5.

The city-owned museum opened in November with 2,400 artworks, representing much of the oeuvre of famed abstract expressionist Clyfford Still.

More News Feed Headlines

Stage of the Amphitheater, Palmyra

ISIS Controls Museum, Historic Sites in Palmyra After Deadly Takeover

  • May 24, 2015 21:39

Syria's ancient town of Palmyra was seized by Islamic State militants last week. Reports on ...

Read More

Donley's Auction Services hosted the Grateful Dead Family Jubileee Auction, celebrating the band's 50th year, on April 11 and 12.  Several items were stolen from the sale.

Grateful Dead Memorabilia Stolen Post-Sale from Auction House

  • May 24, 2015 18:11

Police are investigating the theft of about $75,000 worth of Grateful Dead memorabilia from a ...

Read More

Boat Going Through Inlet (estimate: $2,500,000 – 3,500,000) by American Modernist Arthur Dove fetched $5.4 million in Christie's American Art sale on May 21, 2015.

Arthur Dove Painting Fetches $5.4 Million at Christie's; Thomas Moran Leads Western Art from William I. Koch Collection

  • May 21, 2015 15:45

Two marquee lots fell flat in Christie's American Art Sale on May 21 while definitive works by ...

Read More

Pablo Picasso's "Les Femmes d’Alger."

Speculation Swirls Around Buyer of Record $179 Million Picasso

  • May 21, 2015 11:34

“Les Femmes d’Alger,” the Pablo Picasso painting sold at Christie’s this month for a world record ...

Read More

Related Press Releases

Related Events from ArtfixDaily Calendar

Clarke NY Auction: June 1 at 4 PM

ArtfixDaily Artwire