Rothko vandal jailed
The man who defaced one of Rothko’s Seagram mural at Tate Modern has been sentenced to two years in prison
By Javier Pes. Web only
Published online: 13 December 2012
A London judge has jailed for two years the man who vandalised a painting in Tate Modern by Mark Rothko.
Wlodzimierz Umaniec, also known as Vladimir Umanets, a 26-year-old British-based, Polish national had pleaded guilty to criminal damage.
At the Inner London Crown Court today, 13 December, the judge Roger Chapple said that Umaniec’s actions were “entirely deliberate, planned and intentional” when on 7 October he daubed in black ink the words “A Potential Piece of Yellowism” and his signature on one of Rothko's Seagram murals, Black on Maroon, 1958.
Restoring the painting presents a challenge for the Tate's conservators and the work is expected to be off display for perhaps as long as its attacker's custodial sentence. A Tate spokesman says: "It is pleased that the court has recognised the severity of this incident and its consequences."
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