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Rothko painting vandal jailed

A man has been jailed for two years for defacing a painting by artist Mark Rothko at London's Tate Modern gallery.

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Rothko painting defaced

A painting by Mark Rothko has been defaced at the Tate Modern art gallery.

Police were called after a small area of the mural piece was painted, a spokeswoman for the gallery said.

Tate can confirm that at 3.25pm this afternoon, there was an incident at Tate Modern in which a visitor defaced one of Rothko's Seagram murals by applying a small area of black paint with a brush to the painting. The police are currently investigating the incident.

– Tate Modern spokeswoman

The gallery was shut for a short period and then reopened.

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