Author: Charlotte Bearn

Mark Rothko Painting Defaced in Public at the Tate Modern

Shortly after news that the prices for Mark Rothko paintings had rocketed the police are investigating the defacement of a work by the 20th century abstract artist at the Tate Modern in London.

Mark Rothko Painting Defaced in Public at the Tate Modern | Image

The work, ‘Black on Maroon’ (1958), was gifted to the Tate by the artist and hung in a room with several other works painted by Rothko, one of America’s most important artists. The museum said in a statement: “Tate can confirm that at 15:25 this afternoon there was an incident at Tate Modern in which a visitor defaced one of Rothko’s Seagram murals by applying a small area of black paint with a brush to the painting.”

An eyewitness, Tim Wright, wrote on twitter, “This guy calmly walked up, took out a marker pen and tagged it. Surreal.” He later uploaded a photo which showed the dripping black tag. It appeared to read “Vladimir Umanents, A Potential Piece of Yellowism.”

According to an online manifesto, Yellowism is a movement run by two people named Vladimir Umanets and Marcin Lodyga. The manifesto announces that “Yellowism is not art or anti-art”, and that “Every piece of Yellowism is only about yellow and nothing more.” It is believed to be inspired by the early twentieth century, anarchic art movement Dada.

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