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Curators of the New York Museum of Modern Art could not definitively say whether a painting by the American artist Jackson Pollack had been defaced. “There are these large dribbles of black which I’m not sure were there before,” said the museum’s director Glenn Lowry. “Then again maybe the black dribbles represent the death theme or something.”
No visitors to the museum have reported suspicious activity to the NYPD, although several people expressed concerns directly to museum employees about rising temperatures due to market economies. A scholar of modern art brought in to examine the painting observed it for hours in silence before shrugging his shoulders and stating, “I’ll be damned if I can tell.”
A spokeswoman for the museum issued a statement that read, “Whilst not wishing to downplay the immediate threat of climate change, we are simply unable to determine at this time if the painting in question represents only the work of Jackson Pollock or also of several German high schoolers who snuck some diluted tar-like substance into the museum.”