A man sprayed red paint across the famed painting 'Guernica' by Pablo Picasso in the Museum of Modern art in New York on Thursday (28th February).
CU Picasso's 'Guernica' (3 shots) (silent)
CU Painting being cleaned
GV Rubin talking to reporter:
GV Reporter talking to members of public.
(second voice he said you know I'm an artist....)
GV Police station
GV (sound) Police escorting suspect Shafrazi (2 shots)
GV Shafrazi walks forward and talks to reporter:
GV EXTERIOR Shafrazi led to car by policeman
WILLIAM RUBIN: Its not uncommon in museums - or even in private collections - to put coast of varnish coasting over pictures. This pictures. This picture particularly - one has had some experiences with it - had a very strong coat of varnish on It. This paint that was sprayed on didn't ouch Picaso's ??? at all. It simply sat on the varnish, and that is why it has bee cleaned off as eaclily as it has been.
EYEWITNESSES: We hoard a hissing sound. We turned round and we saw this man, and he was half way thorough what he was writing. He wrote "Kill, Lies All". We turned around and everyone was stunned for a minute, so no one moved exactly. Then suddenly a man turned round and said, you can't do that'. But his girlfriend who was with him said, no, don't have any part of it, so she restrained him. Then the man finished and shouted two or three times, 'I'm an artist'. He said, you know, 'I'm an artist' and he said this is my name, and he spilt it out whatever it wa. He wanted everyone to know he was the one. He was proud of what he did, of the accomplishment.
INTERVIEW WITH SHAFRAZI:
REPORTER: Why did you make up that painting like that?
SHAFRAZI: To tell the truth.
REPORTER: To tell the truth? What does that mean?
SHAFRAZI: To kill all the mess, the mess of art. To tell the truth.
REPORTER: Why did you choose that particualr paintin?
SHAFRAZI: Because its a groat painting.
SCOTT OSBORNE AND CAROL JENKINS
The film includes interview with the Museum's Director of Sculpture and Painting, William Rubin, eyewitnesses and the man accused of spraying the painting.
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Background: A man sprayed red paint across the famed painting 'Guernica' by Pablo Picasso in the Museum of Modern art in New York on Thursday (28th February). But because of a thick coat of varnish the painting was virtually unharmed.
The man sprayed the words, 'KILL, LIES ALL' in letters a foot high, but was apprehended by cuards seconds later and was taken to a police station. There he ider??fied himself as Tony Shafrazi - a 30-year-old artist. He was charged with the offence.
The painting was a protest against the bombing of the town of Guernica in the Spanish Civil War in 1937.