Cecilia Giménez, what hath you wrought? On Sunday at London's Tate Modern, some dummy entered a room full of Rothkos and preceded to deface one, "Black on Maroon," tagging it with: "Vladimir Umanets, a potential piece of yellowism." A visitor saw it happening and promptly tweeted a pic. The fuck is yellowism? Well, according to this site, it's an art movement that's neither art nor anti-art, it's everywhere and nowhere and, "the context for yellowism is yellowism." I know, I just blew your mind.
The defacing dummy in question, namely Vladimir Umanets, who as of yet remains a free man, tells The Guardian:
"I believe that if someone restores the [Rothko] piece and removes my signature the value of the piece would be lower but after a few years the value will go higher because of what I did," he said, comparing himself to Marcel Duchamp, the French artist who shocked the art establishment when he signed a urinal and put it on display in 1917.
This guy. Man, he sounds totally impossible — I feel sorry for anyone who's ever dated his arrogant ass. All talking about his big artistic ideas, thinking he's all anti-establishment, and never shutting up about how hard it is to be a white male artist in his twenties with so many feelings. You know he's just dying to be arrested, the ultimate validation.
Image via Twitter.