Monday, June 09, 2008 the making of: Holy Crap, Pittsburgh Rent-a-Guard Slashes Vija Celmins Painting:

A guard at the Carnegie International defaced a Vija Celmins painting, Night Sky #2, making a "long vertical gouge" with a key. The conservator calls it a "total loss," though the Art Institute of Chicago, which owns the 1991 painting, said they would look at the possibility of repairing it.

Though the story only surfaced on Friday in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the incident occurred on May 16th [a Friday]. The guard, an Azerbaijani immigrant named Timur Serebrykov, was confronted about the action and arrested on May 20th [a Tuesday]. He initially denied any wrongdoing, but then he confessed, adding, "I didn't like the painting."

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