June 8, 2008

DT Friday Freaked Out: Extra Art Edition

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Whoa, Azerbaijani dad-to-be working as a museum guard who should have been talking to someone instead of slashing a painting by one of my favorite artists with his keys:

A former Carnegie Museum of Art guard charged with vandalizing a $1.2 million painting simply "snapped" due to life's normal pressures, including impending fatherhood, his defense attorney said.

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Timur Serebrykov, 27, is an immigrant from Azerbaijan and his fiancee is due to give birth soon, attorney James Sheets said. Concerns about his life and future caused Serebrykov to use a key to slash the painting "Night Sky #2" by Latvian artist Vija Celmins on May 16.

Latvian artist? She's lived here since WWII. May 16? A Friday. June 6, the day this story finally broke? A Friday.

Carnegie Museum guard "snapped" before vandalizing painting [fortmilltimes.com]
Guard charged with ruining museum piece: He 'didn't like the painting' in Carnegie International [post-gazette.com]
image: Night Sky #2, 1991, Vija Celmins [artic.edu]

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