Who stole Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre”?
The Thief Collector is a captivating crime documentary about the heist of the 1985, Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre,” which was brazenly cut from its frame while hanging at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. Featuring Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Sarah Minnich.
Directed by Allison Otto, The Thief Collector will be released in select theaters and on demand on May 19th, 2023.
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 documentary film 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.
Watch the official trailer for The Thief Collector.