Lower East Side Gallery Owner Chases Thief, Recovers Paintings

Kristen Dodge.

Kristen Dodge is a Lower East Side gallery owner and now she’s also a crime fighter!  Art in America Magazine is telling the story of her ordeal this past weekend, after four paintings were lifted from the gallery, at 15 Rivington Street.

On Saturday afternoon, she was in an office on the lower level, talking with artist Ellen Harvey, whose exhibition, “The Nudist Museum Gift Shop,” had opened two days earlier.  Dodge went upstairs and discovered that a series of knife paintings, worth $21,000,  were missing. She went outside and began running down Rivington towards Chrystie in pursuit of the thief.