Guard at Carnegie Museum of Art Slashes Painting He Doesn’t Like

June 6, 2008 · Print This Article

Celmins Destroyed Star Painting
Timur Serebrykov, 27, of Pittsburgh, a guard at the Carnegie Museum of Art has been charged with slashing Vija Celmins’ “Night Sky .12″ a painting he apparently didn’t like, damaging it beyond repair.

The museum’s surveillance camera caught the vandalism on May 16, police said Thursday.

The 31-by-37 ½-inch oil-on-canvas painting of a black starlit night had a large vertical gouge in the middle and was damaged beyond repair & valued at $1.2 million according to a police affidavit.

Court documents indicate Serebrykov used a key or other implement to damage the painting because he disliked it.

4 thoughts on “Guard at Carnegie Museum of Art Slashes Painting He Doesn’t Like”

  1. Balzac says:

    This is deeply tragic, she is a fantastic painter. Couldn’t he just have started a podcast and made petty remarks about it instead?

  2. katherine says:

    She is a fantastic painter. A huge bummer- and doubly so since the painting was on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago. Too bad it wasn’t one of those Hitler paintings….

  3. Helene says:

    “Mr. Serebrykov worked for Capital Asset Protection, a Neville Island-based security contractor.” Privatizing and then using underpaid, undertrained employees. The wonders of American capitalism.

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