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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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Eyewitness describes Rothko painting vandalism

Police are hunting for a vandal defaced a painting by Mark Rothko at the Tate Modern art gallery.

Eyewitness Tim Wright said: "This guy calmly walked up, took out a marker pen and tagged it. Surreal."

Defaced Rothko painting at the Tate Modern art gallery Credit: Twitter/@WrightTG

A picture he uploaded to the social networking website showed five or six words scrawled on the bottom-right corner of the piece, with black streaks of paint running down from the daubed writing.

They appear to read: "Vladimir Umanets, A Potential Piece of Yellowism."

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