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After 30 years, museum gets stolen piece by modern master

PHOENIX — More than three decades after thieves made off with a valuable painting from the University of Arizona Museum of Art, officials say they have recovered the long-sought piece from an antiques dealer in New Mexico. Curators at the museum that was home to Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre” spent years hoping to get it back after two people stole the painting the day after Thanksgiving in 1985. Miller said a former museum curator was in utter disbelief and elated when she told her the painting was recovered. In 2015, the museum displayed the empty wooden frame that once held the painting along with sketches of the suspects to remind visitors of the heist on its 30-year anniversary. “There are numerous people on staff that have said that the vision of the career highlight was having this painting returned,” Interim Director Meg Hagyard said.

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