Canadian artist vandalizes wall at the Whitney Museum

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NEW YORK (PIX11) --  A Canadian artist was released from a mental hospital Thursday evening after he defaced a wall at the Whitney Museum.

Witnesses say Istvan Kantor, who goes by the alias Monty Cantsin, splashed red paint against the wall in the Jeff Koons retrospective exhibit and then signed his name.

The police were called immediately and he was removed from the building.

Museum goers say they were evacuated for two hours while the wall was repainted. No art was damaged from the stunt.

According to Hyperallergic, the vandal took to Facebook to thank everyone for their support and tell them that he was going out for a drink to celebrate.

This isn't Kantor's first offense. In 1991, he spattered blood near the work of Marcel Duchamp at the National Gallery, reports The Toronto Star.