Man admits defacing Rothko work but denies being vandal

A man has admitted writing on a Mark Rothko work at the Tate Modern in London, but insists he is not a vandal. The writing on the bottom-right corner of the piece appears to read: "Vladimir Umanets, A Potential Piece of Yellowism."

Today, Mr Umanets, who is originally from Russia, claimed he had written on the painting, saying:

Some people think I'm crazy or a vandal, but my intention was not to destroy or decrease the value, or to go crazy. I am not a vandal."

– Vladimir Umanets

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