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Vandal Scrawls ‘Nazi Art’ on a Painting at the Met’s Education Center

A man allegedly vandalized a student painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art[1] on April 19, writing Nazi Art across the work on view at the institution s education center. Ryan Watson, 33, scribbled on the painting at around 5pm, and although his motive for the vandalism is unclear, he shouted Go back to your country! at a security guard who confronted him, according to the New York Daily News[2]. The artwork was created by a New York City teenager, and is one of 600 works currently included in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: New York City Regional Exhibition[3], on view March 24 May 29, 2017. Each participating artist won the highest honor, the Gold Key Award, in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, organized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Vandal Scrawls 'Nazi Art' On A Painting At The Met's Education Center

This painting, Ghost Realm, by Amadi Rubie, grade 11, age 16, of Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, Oakland Gardens, New York, is one of the paintings in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: New York City Regional Exhibition. A visitor to the museum vandalized another student work in the show. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Educator: Minwouk Rhee. The vandalism follows the March attack on a Met security guard[4] carried out by Brandon Aebersold, age 33. The assailant smashed a bottle over the employee s head when the guard suggested he tell the information desk about a crooked painting, rather than personally adjusting it. Following the latest incident, Watson was detained by museum guards, and then arrested by police. He has allegedly been charged with graffiti and criminal mischief, and was awaiting arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday evening.

The Met is reaching out to the student and will make every effort to restore the work of art, Met spokesperson Annie Bailis said in a statement. The Met is grateful for the quick and effective action taken by security officers and the NYPD on this unfortunate incident.

The targeted artwork was selected by 300 literary and visual arts professionals from nearly 11,000 written or artistic works submitted by almost 4,000 middle and high school students. Though the young artist victimized by Watson s crime may be an unknown today, Andy Warhol[5], Cy Twombly[6], Kay WalkingStick[7], and John Baldessari[8] were all Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners. The awards were established in 1923. The name of the affected work and student artist has not been released.

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References

  1. ^ Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org)
  2. ^ New York Daily News (www.nydailynews.com)
  3. ^ Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: New York City Regional Exhibition (www.metmuseum.org)
  4. ^ March attack on a Met security guard (news.artnet.com)
  5. ^ Andy Warhol (www.artnet.com)
  6. ^ Cy Twombly (www.artnet.com)
  7. ^ Kay WalkingStick (www.artnet.com)
  8. ^ John Baldessari (www.artnet.com)
  9. ^ artnet News (facebook.com)

Man Scrawls ‘Nazi Art’ on Student Painting at the Met

A man allegedly vandalized a student painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art[1] on April 19, writing Nazi Art across the work on view at the institution s education center. Ryan Watson, 33, scribbled on the painting at around 5pm, and although his motive for the vandalism is unclear, he shouted Go back to your country! at a security guard who confronted him, according to the New York Daily News[2]. The artwork was created by a New York City teenager, and is one of 600 works currently included in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: New York City Regional Exhibition[3], on view March 24 May 29, 2017. Each participating artist won the highest honor, the Gold Key Award, in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, organized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Man Scrawls 'Nazi Art' On Student Painting At The Met

This painting, Ghost Realm, by Amadi Rubie, grade 11, age 16, of Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, Oakland Gardens, New York, is one of the paintings in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: New York City Regional Exhibition. A visitor to the museum vandalized another student work in the show. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Educator: Minwouk Rhee. The vandalism follows the March attack on a Met security guard[4] carried out by Brandon Aebersold, age 33. The assailant smashed a bottle over the employee s head when the guard suggested he tell the information desk about a crooked painting, rather than personally adjusting it. Following the latest incident, Watson was detained by museum guards, and then arrested by police. He has allegedly been charged with graffiti and criminal mischief, and was awaiting arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday evening.

The Met is reaching out to the student and will make every effort to restore the work of art, Met spokesperson Annie Bailis said in a statement. The Met is grateful for the quick and effective action taken by security officers and the NYPD on this unfortunate incident.

The targeted artwork was selected by 300 literary and visual arts professionals from nearly 11,000 written or artistic works submitted by almost 4,000 middle and high school students. Though the young artist victimized by Watson s crime may be an unknown today, Andy Warhol[5], Cy Twombly[6], Kay WalkingStick[7], and John Baldessari[8] were all Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners. The awards were established in 1923. The name of the affected work and student artist has not been released.

Follow artnet News[9] on Facebook.

References

  1. ^ Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org)
  2. ^ New York Daily News (www.nydailynews.com)
  3. ^ Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: New York City Regional Exhibition (www.metmuseum.org)
  4. ^ March attack on a Met security guard (news.artnet.com)
  5. ^ Andy Warhol (www.artnet.com)
  6. ^ Cy Twombly (www.artnet.com)
  7. ^ Kay WalkingStick (www.artnet.com)
  8. ^ John Baldessari (www.artnet.com)
  9. ^ artnet News (facebook.com)

Cause of death released for man who fought officer at hospital

GREENVILLE CO., SC (WSPA) A patient has died after a fight with a security officer at Greenville Memorial Hospital, according to the coroner.

It happened around 10:30 a.m. Monday. The coroner s office identified the patient as Donald Keith Smith, 48, of Greenville. The cause of death was traumatic asphyxiation and the manner was homicide.

According to the coroner s office, the position Smith was in when he was subdued kept him from expanding his chest, and so he suffocated. Smith had been admitted to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the arm the day before the incident occurred, say investigators. He became combative and hit hospital security personnel, according to a statement from the coroner s office.

The security officers were from American Security, a company that has been providing security to Greenville Memorial for nearly 20 years. The president, Randy Harrison, says one of his officers started a conversation with Smith. Then, Smith hit him twice. Three other officers came to restrain Smith. A struggle started and Smith became unresponsive and stopped breathing. Efforts to revive him were not successful and he was pronounced dead at 10:23 a.m. Monday. Harrison says his officer was treated.

The officers are on paid leave and no longer currently assigned to the hospital. Sandy Dees with the Greenville Health System sent out the following statement:

Greenville Health System continues to cooperate with law enforcement officials in connection with an incident that occurred on Monday, March 6, in which an individual died after being restrained following his assault on an American Security officer. The attack occurred in a patient hallway of the emergency department at Greenville Memorial Hospital where other patients and staff were present. GHS cannot discuss any more details of the event due to privacy laws.
As part of standard protocol, the three American Security officers involved in the restraint and the one assaulted are no longer on assignment at GHS facilities while the investigation is ongoing. The State Law Enforcement Division is conducting the investigation.
As always, patient care and safety are top priorities for GHS. Smith s family says he suffers from schizophrenia and another mental illness. They say he was experiencing an episode and was waiting to be transferred to Marshall Pickens when the altercation occured. The family released the following statement through their lawyer and Fighting Injustice Together:

We are heartbroken as a family to have to say goodbye to Donald in such an abrupt and tragic fashion. We are still trying to make sense of the events that transpired Monday at Greenville Memorial Hospital. This was a preventable death. This should not happen in Greenville. This should not happen in South Carolina. This should not happen in America. There will be a time and a place to ask tough questions about how this happened, but today we ask for your thoughts and prayers as we say goodbye to Donald. We also ask that you respect our privacy while we grieve as a family and we will not be commenting any further at this time.

READ: Man who died in fight with officer at hospital had long criminal record[1]

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