Defacing Rothko painting more difficult than painting it

THE vandalism of a Mark Rothko painting is incredibly impressive when compared to the painting.

An anonymous attacker scrawled ‘Vladimir Umanets, A Potential Piece of Yellowism’ on the 1958 masterpiece that took Rothko about three minutes.

A spokesman for the Tate Modern, the new home of 2012’s The Rothko Defacement, said: “It is a curious, yet striking statement.

“Rather than just a series of fuzzy rectangles.”