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Justin Timberlake on Richard Serra, Banksy and spending more time in museums

June 13, 2011 |  1:20 pm

Justint 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.

-- Jori Finkel

Image: Photo of Justin Timberlake in 2011 by Kirk McKoy.