A Houston art gallery has raised the ire of the local art community by staging a show of works by a 22-year-old who’s been on the lam since being charged with spray-painting a Pablo Picasso painting.
“It made me happy that someone could evoke this kind of emotion in people,” Perez said.
Landeros was charged with felony graffiti and felony criminal mischief for allegedly defacing “Woman in a Red Armchair” at Houston’s Menil Collection on June 13. A video posted on YouTube showed a man holding a stencil up to the work of art and spray-painting it, leaving behind an image of a bullfighter, a bull and the word “conquista,” Spanish for conquest.
But the contention that the stencil was itself art has especially angered people in the Houston arts community.
“You don’t destroy someone else’s artwork and call that art,” said artist Mitch Cohen, an arts promoter and founder of the First Saturday Arts Market. “I’ve never seen such a backlash against a show.”
Art community members also say it’s galling to see so much attention being paid to this show when local gallery shows usually escape widespread notice.
“The greatest gallery exhibit in history would not get this publicity,” said Houston art blogger Robert Boyd, who noted he’d not heard of Landeros prior to the vandalism charge.
Andree Bober, director of Landmarks, a public art program at the University of Texas at Austin, said this vandalism incident isn’t unique.
“It’s not a new statement. It’s a derivative one,” she said.
Earlier this month, a vandal scrawled graffiti on a mural by modern American master Mark Rothko at London’s Tate Modern.View Entire Story
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