An “up-and-coming Mexican-American artist” named Uriel Landeros allegedly spray painted a stencil of a bull fighter killing a bull with the word “Conquista” written beneath it on Picasso’s Woman in a Red Armchair. A museum goer is filming with his cellphone camera when with his cellphone camera when a man in a suit jacket and sunglasses strode up, held up a stencil against the work — one of nine Picassos at the Menil — and spray-painted in gold on the 1929 canvas.
You can hear in the clip the security guard telling him he isn’t allowed to film… That guard should be fired for complete incompetence. Not seconds before someone is SPRAY PAINTING directly onto a piece of history.
Real artists would never disrespect another’s work like that. Seriously appalling. Not only that, but the guy then posted about it on his Facebook wall. Are you kidding? What kind of self-righteous prick are we dealing with? At least when Banksy hung a painting on the wall of the Louvre resembling the Mona Lisa with a yellow smiley face, he wasn’t so brazenly disrespectful, and certainly didn’t damage any other works of art.
The piece was removed for restoration minutes after the vandalism. Police are still investigating.