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Graffiti defaces Rothko mural in London museum

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By The Associated Press
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, 8:48 p.m.
 

LONDON — A vandal scrawled graffiti on a mural by modern American master Mark Rothko in London's Tate Modern on Sunday.

The mural, one of Rothko's Seagram series, was defaced when a visitor to the Tate applied “a small area of black paint with a brush to the painting,” the gallery said.

A photograph posted on Twitter by a gallery visitor showed words, including the name Vladimir, scrawled in the corner of the painting. The gallery, which attracts 5 million visitors a year, was briefly closed on Sunday after the incident.

Tate Modern said police were investigating.

The graffiti on the painting appears to read “a potential piece of yellowism.” According to an online manifesto, Yellowism is an artistic movement run by Vladimir Umanets and Marcin Lodyga.

This is not the first time an artwork at Tate Modern has been interfered with. In 2000, two Chinese performance artists attempted to urinate on Marcel Duchamp's urinal sculpture “Fountain.” Rothko, who died in 1970, is renowned for his large abstract paintings featuring bold blocks.

 

 
 


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