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Sophie Calle, Que voyez-vors? La tempête sur la mer de Galilée. Rembrandt (What Do You See? Storm on the Sea of Galilee. Rembrandt) (detail), 2013, framed C-print, framed text, each 26 3/4 x 39 3/4".

Sophie Calle

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Sophie Calle, Que voyez-vors? La tempête sur la mer de Galilée. Rembrandt (What Do You See? Storm on the Sea of Galilee. Rembrandt) (detail), 2013, framed C-print, framed text, each 26 3/4 x 39 3/4".

“What do you see?” To staff and visitors of Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where more than a dozen objects and works of art were stolen in March 1990, Sophie Calle recently posed this simple question. Gardner’s will stipulates that the arrangement of works in her namesake museum’s galleries never be altered, so for several years after the theft, patches of bare, silk-covered walls punctuated the collection. As early as one year after the theft, Calle included remembrances of works missing from this Boston institution in her series “Last Seen,” 1991. A few years later, the museum rehung the empty frames that once surrounded four of the missing pictures—discarded by the thieves, they are relics of the purloined works. For Calle, this gesture presented a compelling situation; now, as she recently explained, “the absence was totally framed.” Calle’s series “Que voyez-vous

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