The first rule of social networking is that it’s very hard to make things private. It’s a decent bet that almost everything you post online is in some way accessible by people you don’t necessarily want to see it. This leads us the related first rule of art vandalism: if you did it, don’t claim it on YouTube or post about it on your Facebook page — unless you want to get charged.
Poor Picasso. His “Femme au fauteuil rouge (Woman in a Red Armchair)” (1929) was vandalized last week at Houston’s Menil Collection and the artist claiming responsibility for the action, Uriel Llanderos, has essentially been bragging about his bravado on his rather sparse Facebook page. But the story doesn’t stop there.
Picasso’s 1929 painting “Conquista La Bestia” (“Conquer the Beast”) was vandalized last week at Houston’s Menil Collection by a man with a can of spray paint. According to the city’s Local 2 news, he stenciled the image of a bullfighter killing a bull with the word “conquista” underneath.