Fresh Paint
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Prankster Smuggles Art Into Top Museums
An art Web site called www.woostercollective.com has posted pictures of the artist -- wearing an Inspector Clouseau-style overcoat, a hat and a fake beard and nose -- hanging up his work at the four museums and describing how he did it.

Speaking by telephone from an undisclosed location in Britain, Banksy said he conducted all four operations on March 13, helped by accomplices who filmed him and provided distractions where necessary.

"They staged a gay tiff (lovers' quarrel), shouting very loudly and obnoxiously," said the artist, declining to give his real name or any personal details beyond his occupation as a professional painter and decorator.

It is not the first time he has staged such stunts. Last year he smuggled work into the Louvre in Paris and London's Tate, attracting attention in the British media.

"My sister inspired me to do it. She was throwing away loads of my pictures one day and I asked her why. She said 'It's not like they're going to be hanging in the Louvre.'"
Good afternoon, friends. Things slow and cold around here and probably where you are too. A lot of people leaving town today, picking up their kids at school and taking off for the Easter weekend. I'll be around, of course.

No, I'm not the masked painting-reverse-bandit, though who hasn't had the urge?

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