Guy Defaces Rothko Mural in Broad Daylight
'Black on Maroon' vandalized at Tate Modern
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2012 8:28 AM CDT
"Just saw this Rothko painting being defaced," tweeted Tim Wright.   (Twitter)

(Newser) – A man sat in front of a Mark Rothko mural at the Tate Modern yesterday and—in front of a number of onlookers—defaced the painting with black paint. "By the time we turned around he was pretty much finished with his tag," says one museumgoer, who tweeted a picture of the vandalism. Black on Maroon, a 1958 canvas, is worth millions, the Guardian reports. The vandal quickly left the scene, and a police investigation is under way.

The graffiti appears to read "a potential piece of yellowism" and include the name "Vladimir." Yellowism is an artistic movement, and one of the people who runs it is named Vladimir Umanets, the Guardian notes.

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Oct 8, 2012 9:19 PM CDT
Defaced one of his paintings with spray paint? How can you tell? It is a joke to call this art! I'm sure he laughs all the way to the bank!
Oct 8, 2012 3:37 PM CDT
Throw this dickwad in a pool of some yellow liquid and let him drown. This is nothing but an attempt to make himself rich and famous as the founder of a phony school of art called "yellowism".
Oct 8, 2012 12:47 PM CDT
FU Vlad. What point have you made and what problems have you solved by destroying something? More self-indulgent crap from your neighborhood artist. What if I spray paint over your spray paint? What have I then proven? Doing this says more about you as an idiot, than as an artist. What is everyone so frikken mad about, or perhaps what are they NOT mad about these days? How 'bout setting a good example, rather than a bad one? I'm starting a new movement called, "dumbassism" where I spray paint a dumbass with permanent, dayglo paint in order than I might root out what I believe to be dumbasses all over the world. Step up, Vlad, you're first.