Justin Timberlake on Richard Serra, Banksy and spending more time in museums
Is it time to call pop superstar Justin Timberlake an art collector too? In the July issue of "Vanity Fair," Vanessa Grigoriadis, who calls the singer-actor-philanthropist "his generation's multi-talented Sammy Davis Jr.," rides with him in his Audi R8 to visit the L.A. County Museum of Art. She says it was a last-minute decision on his part for where to go on a gray day this spring.
The photo shoot was pegged to the release of his movie "Friends with Benefits," but the story covers a lot of ground, including his takes on contemporary art.
On getting turned around in a maze-like Richard Serra sculpture at LACMA that day: "I feel like this is a bad dream I might have had."
On buying a painting by Banksy: "I split it with a friend, so we each get to keep it for a little while." (Banksy was also a punch line for him earlier this year: he joked "I'm Banksy" when presenting the Academy Award for best animated feature.)
On the opening of "Art in the Streets" at MOCA: "I saw so many people I hadn't seen in a while. Some you're happy about, and others..."
Most earnest art lover's thought: "I wish that when I was touring the world as a teenager I would have spent more time going to museums rather than spending all of my time just eating food."
And yes, he does get recognized at the museum, by a group of 30 giggling teenagers on a school tour from West London.
Image: Photo of Justin Timberlake in 2011 by Kirk McKoy.