Vandalism

Post image for Banksy Vandalism Drama Alert!

Street artist Banksy has obviously gone to a whole new level when he is the subject of TMZ EXCLUSIVE!!!!! reports.

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Post image for Prada Marfa Vandal Speaks

Shortly after last week’s incident at “Prada Marfa,” Hyperallergic interviewed Joseph Magnano, aka 9271977, the man who vandalized Elmgreen & Dragset’s sculpture in the Texas desert.

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Post image for Ai Weiwei Responds to Vase Dropper

In his first remarks since local artist Maximo Caminero smashed a vase in one of his artworks on view at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Ai Weiwei told the Associated Press that he doesn’t understand or agree with the vandal’s actions.

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Post image for Video of Man Smashing Ai Weiwei Vase Emerges

BBC has uncovered unverified video of Miami artist Maximo Caminero destroying part of Ai Weiwei’s “Colored Vases” (2006–12) artwork.

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Post image for An Exhibition Looks at Art that Has Been Physically Attacked

This fall the Tate Britain is opening an exhibition on art that has been physically attacked in the country, whether for political, religious, or personal reasons, or just because the artist was into destruction.

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Post image for Woman Vandalizes Iconic Delacroix Painting at the Louvre

What is it with art vandalism these days? First there was the Picasso at the Menil Collection last summer, then the Rothko at the Tate Modern. Now a woman has defaced Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People” at an outpost of the Louvre. Is this some kind of weird, terrible trend?

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Post image for Vandals Destroy Ancient Petroglyphs

Thieves have stolen and vandalized dozens of ancient petroglyphs in Bishop, California — “the worst act of vandalism ever seen” at the site, which consists of 750,000 acres of federally owned land, said US Bureau of Land Management archaeologist Greg Haverstock.

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Post image for Vandalized Rothko Could Take 18 Months to Restore

The damage caused by the Polish Yellowist Vladimir Umanets to Mark Rothko’s painting “Black on Maroon” (1958) at the Tate in October could take up to 18 months to repair. The vandalism is, unfortunately, far worse than initially thought.

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Post image for Red in Yellow: The Rothko Vandal Makes His Marx

On October 8th, a homeless Russian émigré named Vladimir Umanets defaced a Rothko painting hanging in the Tate Modern in London with his name, the year, and the following fragment: A POTENTIAL PIECE OF YELLOWISM. “Black and Maroon” (1958), originally sporting a signature Rothko black rectangle on a signature Rothko maroon field, is valued at around 50 million pounds. The values of Yellowism are a little harder to get a hold of, though there is a Manifesto online, which outlines the aims of the movement with statements that are either obscure or silly, such as: “Every piece of Yellowism is only about yellow and nothing more. … ” and “Interpreting Yellowism as art or being about something other than just yellow deprives Yellowism of its purpose.”

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Mark Rothko

We reached out to David Anfam, a Mark Rothko scholar and head of the Rothko catalogue raisonné project, to ask about the importance of “Untitled (Black on Maroon)” (1958) and the possible challenges facing the conservation of the work after Sunday’s incident.

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