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Rothko defacer gets two-year prison sentence

The man who defaced Mark Rothko's Black on Maroon painting at Tate Modern in October has been sentenced to two years in prison, the Huffington Post reports. At the time Wlodzimierz Umaniec, also known as Vladimir Umanets, claimed that his actions were an act of art and part of a movement called 'yellowism', however he pleaded guilty to criminal damage over £5,000 at the Inner London Crown Court. The prosecution said restoring the painting would cost around £200,000 and take up to 20 months. In passing his lengthy sentence the judge, Roger Chapple, said that Umaniec's action was 'wholly and utterly unacceptable'. 

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