ROTHKO DEFACED BY POLISH MAN
Posted By Jason – 09.10.2012
Someone went into the Tate Modern in London and tagged one of Rothko’s Seagram Murals! The gallery was temporarily closed down for an investigation…that has thus far come up trumps. No one knows who this dude is or why he did it. A witness tweeted, ‘this guy calmly walked up, took out a marker pen and tagged it. Surreal.’
Wait! They got him! The man’s name is Vladimir Umanets, and according to him he’s ‘not a vandal’ he’s a surrealist. He compared himself with Marcel Duchamp. ‘Art allows us to take what someone's done and put a new message on it.’ Said the Polish Nitwit who is going to jail (hot tip: mask off the webbing around your asshole with electrical tape before you go.)
This might be an urban myth, buuuuut… In the 90s someone fell into a Rothko at the National Gallery in Canberra, and their elbow went through the canvas. Woops. A little while later a band called Elbow Through My Rothko was formed.
In other vandalism news, I personally drove a thumbnail into a Miró when I was eleven, and my friend has a buddy who spat on a Warhol. Pretty irresponsible. But then, with so many people starving in the world, how can anyone justify paying $85 million for a painting (price of the defaced Rothko)? Does it get any more thoughtless than that? Fuck you, rich people.