Mark Rothko

Rothko’s children condemn Tate vandalism

One of Tate Modern's Rothkos is defaced in the name of art

Mark Rothko's children have expressed their sadness about the defacement of his work Black on Maroon, 1958, at London’s Tate Modern on Sunday 7 October. In a statement via Pace Gallery, Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko said they were confident the institution would “do all in its power to remedy the situation”. Vladimir Umanets, 26, whose birth name is Wlodzimierz Umaniec, told the media that he had written on the work, one of nine that Rothko gave to the Tate, as an act of art. Umanets was arrested the next day and later pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to property. The case continues.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'Rothko’s children condemn vandalism'

Appeared in The Art Newspaper Archive, 240 November 2012