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Art attack: Yellowist Rothko vandal jailed for two years

Posted at 1:30 pm, December 13, 2012 in News
Rothko vandelism

Wlodzimierz Umaniec, the man who admitted to defacing a Mark Rothko painting at the Tate Modern, has just been sentenced to two years in prison. 26-year-old Umaniec, also known as Vladimir Umanets, from Worthing, West Sussex, pleaded guilty to criminal damage having stepped over a security barrier at the Tate on October 7 2012 this year to scrawl his name and the words ’12, a potential piece of yellowism’ on Rothko’s ‘Black on Maroon’ before scarpering. The damage to the mural, worth between £5m to £9m, is estimated to cost around £200,000 to repair and may take as long as 20 months to restore. Jonno Hopkins

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