EDUCATION

BLACKBOARD JUNGLE

PINT-SIZED ART CRITIC’S UNWELCOME APPROACH

March 13 2006
EDUCATION

BLACKBOARD JUNGLE

PINT-SIZED ART CRITIC’S UNWELCOME APPROACH

March 13 2006

BLACKBOARD JUNGLE

PINT-SIZED ART CRITIC’S UNWELCOME APPROACH

A 12-year-old boy on a school trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts thought he’d be a brat and stick his newly chewed piece of Wrigley’s Extra Polar Ice gum on the wall. Unfortunately he chose a painting on the wall worth $1.7 million. The art, Helen Frankenthaler’s abstract work The Bay, is considered the most important modernist painting in the museum’s collection. The gum left a stain, and the student left with a school suspension.