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Wednesday, 10 October 2012 15:28

Rothko Vandal Charged

A section of an exhibition of Mark Rothko's work is seen in the Tate Modern, London. A section of an exhibition of Mark Rothko's work is seen in the Tate Modern, London. Sam Drake/Tate Modern/AP

A man was charged in London after scrawling “Vladimir Umanets, A Potential Piece of Yellowism” in black paint on Mark Rothko’s Black on Maroon at the Tate Modern on Sunday.

Wlodzimierz Umaniec, a 26-year-old Polish national who goes by the name “Vladimir Umanets” was arrested in connection with the act and charged with one count of criminal damage in excess of 5,000 pounds (about $8,000).

Created in 1958 for the Four Seasons in New York City, Black on Maroon was part of Rothko’s Seagram mural series. The crime took place during regular museum hours and a witness said that Umaniec sat quietly on a bench in front of the painting before defacing it.

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