Artist Says Junkyard Swapped Escalade In Crushed Car Piece

Law360 (March 3, 2021, 6:21 PM EST) -- Performance artist Kevin Beasley hit a Staten Island junkyard and its owner with a breach of contract lawsuit in New York state court Tuesday, claiming that the business surreptitiously replaced the 2008 Escalade ESV he paid the company to wreck for an art exhibition and damaged his reputation as an artist.

In a 21-page complaint, Beasely accuses Bayview Auto Wreckers Inc. and its owner Michael Fanelli of fraudulently replacing a 2008 white Cadillac Escalade ESV with an older, cheaper model before wrecking it and handing it back to Beasely for his 2017 art exhibition titled "Sport/Utility."

Performance artist Kevin Beasley claims...

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