Former Scotland Yard detectives have called on London’s Metropolitan Police to maintain its art crimes investigation, following the reappointment of the division’s detectives to investigating the Grenfell Tower fire. “There’s a point when you have to ask when they’re going to come back,” says Vernon Rapley, former head of the art squad at Scotland Yard. “Temporary can become permanent. They are one of the very few international teams that are able to deal with what are incredibly complex and difficult cases that could not easily be dealt with using normal detectives or officers.”
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New York, NY
Luhring Augustine, New York
Miami University, Oxford, OH
University of Tennessee BFA, Knoxville, TN
Smith is an abstract artist who has received press for his tendency to incorporate his own name within many of his works. Pieces can often be described as messy, like 2004’s New Swamp Thing, in which red checkers ascend from the lower right corner of the painting, obscuring the artist’s name. More recently, his work has taken the form of similarly disheveled collages, incorporating newspaper clippings as well as large and obscuring paint-splatters across his work. Other works take the form of word art, like the untitled. 2006 piece which could easily be mistaken for an advertisement or handbill for London’s Serpentine Gallery, or another 2006 piece untitled, which sees his full name scrawled across a black canvas two times in ghostly-white paint.