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ATTACK ON `ART’ LEAVES ARTIST IN A REAL PICKLE

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Scotland Yard police said Wednesday that an artist had been charged with criminal damage in connection with an attack on a pickled white sheep at an exhibition in west London.

A police spokesman said the artist, James Bridger, who lives in Oxford, 60 miles northwest of London, was scheduled to appear before magistrates in central London on June 9. The 35-year-old artist has been released on police bail. The motive behind the incident remains unclear.The charge relates to an incident Monday at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens in which an exhibit by maverick artist Damien Hirst was damaged.

Black ink was poured into the exhibit - a white Suffolk sheep suspended in a glass tank filled with formaldehyde.

The pickled sheep has been sold to an art lover for $37,500 and since been returned to its former glory.