Everybody's a Critic

Pa. museum guard charged with keying $1.2M painting he 'didn't like'
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2008 5:46 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Pittsburgh police have charged a museum guard with defacing a $1.2 million painting he "didn't like," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Timur Serebrykov, 27, added he was "sorry" for keying the night sky image by Vija Celmins. The work suffered a "large vertical gouge" and is "a total loss," said an official at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art. Serebrykov may plead a mental health defense.