NEWS: Rothko vandal suspect appears in court & denies charges


The man charged with the criminal damage inflicted on a Mark Rothko painting at London’s Tate Modern, is to deny the charge, a court heard yesterday.

Polish national Wlodzimierz Umaniec, 26 who appeared via videolink, is accused of damaging the famous painting, valued in the tens of millions region, in excess of £5,000.

Artist Umaniec provided a friend’s address and spoke only to confirm his personal details at Camberwell Green magistrates court. He is reported to have sat for the majority of the hearing with his arms folded.

He has been remanded in custody until 16th October.

It is alleged that the man stepped over the wire security barrier and ‘tagged’ the painting with his name and the words “12 a potential piece of yellowism” before leaving the gallery on Sunday.