The Art Guys

(American, Michael Galbreth, 1953-2019 and Jack Massing, b. 1959)

The Statue of Four Lies, 2010

Bronze, stone, concrete, plantings and codex; 

112 x 336 x 600 inches

Ars est celare artem

[It is (true) art to conceal art]


University of Houston

Cougar Village 1

North Exterior

Statue of Four Lies | 10th Anniversary Video

(2020) Watch this never-before-seen footage of Jack Massing and the late Michael Galbreth discussing their work and experience with bringing public art to a university campus.

Richard H. Armstrong | On the Statue of Four Lies

Read about The Art Guys on On Site, Public Art UHS’s 2019 monograph.

The Art Guys | Art Walk with Mike Guidry

Mike Guidry leads us on a deep dive tour of The Art Guys’ Statue of Four Lies, including a special look at the Codex located in the MD Anderson Library.

Statue of Four Lies | UH Moment

Travel back to October 2010 for a recap of the unveiling of Statue of Four Lies. 

Statue of Four Lies | Video

The inscription along the stone backdrop for the Statue of Four Lies (2010) reads: Mundus vult decipi ergo decipatur [the world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived]. 

Access information on materials documenting the art career of The Art Guys.

The Art Guys Records

Access the finding aid to the archival collection at UH Libraries Special Collections documenting the art career of The Art Guys.