Vladimir Umanets, founder of a movement called Yellowism, wrote on a Rothko Seagram mural displayed at the Tate Modern gallery with black paint on Sunday. The words appear to read: “Vladimir Umanets, A Potential Piece of Yellowism.”
The man claims to be responsible but denies criminal damage, stating that he is “not a criminal”.
He said: “Art allows us to take what someone’s done and put a new message on it”. Umanets claims to be a big fan of Rothko, “Rothko is such a powerful artist. There will never be another Rothko in the world ever.”
Umanet’s movement; Yellowism is described as “an autonomous phenomenon in contemporary culture” which is “derived from the visual arts and despite this fact, is not classified as art, what is in accordance with its essence” essentially meaning it is seen to be a “phenomenon” not an artistic movement.