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Video catches Picasso vandal in the act at Menil, Houston

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posted on Jun, 18 2012 @ 07:52 PM
And this man wants to be an artist? Twisted thinking it seems.

Excerpts from the article.This occurred in Houston, TX at the Menil.

Officials at the Menil Collection don't know why a man spray-painted Pablo Picasso's "Woman in a Red Armchair" at the museum, but the act wasn't caught just on surveillance cameras.

It also was captured by a bystander with a smartphone camera and subsequently posted on YouTube with a caption naming the alleged perpetrator as a young artist.
The damaged artwork, with the spray paint barely dry, was rushed down the hall to the museum's conservation lab, where chief conservator Brad Epley quickly began its repair.

The 1929 painting, one of nine by Picasso owned by the Menil, has "an excellent prognosis," Muse said.

The vandal, who has not been identified officially, stenciled a small image of a bullfighter killing a bull and the word "Conquista" on the painting. He fled and wasn't caught.

KPRC (Channel 2) interviewed a man who said he captured the vandalism on his phone camera. The witness told Channel 2 the man identified himself as an up-and-coming Mexican-American artist looking to honor Picasso's work.

edit on 6/18/2012 by roadgravel because: Title

I think this man overrates himself. Using a stencil, just a low end tagger.
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posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 12:45 PM
Haven't found an update so I suppose they cleaned up what they can. Maybe something in the future.

The perp will probably sell more of his art now that he has made the news.

posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 06:19 PM
they cleaned up the painting.

Uriel Landeros did it.

here is a screen pic of him and his friends gloating about it.

the guy posting the video is probably the guy who filmed it, who was in on the act as well....

posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 06:28 PM
Banksy's less talented Mexican cousin.

posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 08:39 PM
this guy is just a poser. banksy is the real deal.

posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 07:45 PM

A Houston man accused of vandalizing a Picasso painting at the Menil museum last year surrendered to authorities Tuesday at the U.S.-Mexico border, his attorney said.

Uriel Landeros has been on the run since Picasso's "Woman in a Red Armchair" was spray-painted June 13 at the Menil Collection.

Landeros gave himself up to U.S. Marshals at the international bridge in McAllen, which was coordinated by his lawyer, Emily Detoto.

"He surrendered at the urging of his family and myself, to come in and get started on the process," Detoto said. She said Landeros, an American citizen, may have been in Mexico since he fled. He is expected to be brought to Harris County in days.

A cellphone video taken by a museum patron allegedly captured Landeros, who is in his early 20s, spray-painting a stencil of a bullfighter killing a bull and the word "conquista" which is Spanish for "to conquer." The 1929 masterpiece is valued at several million dollars.

This is a bit of a surprise.

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