Is vandalizing art, especially famous, iconic art, justifiable as art? This is a good question that arriseswhen lookin gback at art that has been vandalized through time. The reasons that are given are include protest and performance art.
The debate has resurfaced after a Mark Rothko piece was tagged recently. Check out some of the other iconic pieces that have been vandalized in the past.
Rembrandt, Night Watch.
This piece has been vandalized three times, the most recent in 1990 when a psychiatric patient sprayed it with sulfuric acid. Fortunately only the varnish was damaged and the painting was restored.
Charity, Damien Hirst
This piece is based on an image used for a charity. it was tagged last summer but fortunately the insurance will cover the clean-up.
Duchamp's porcelain urinal was attacked by a frenchman, Pierre Pinoncelli, with a hammer. Apperantly it was an act of performance art protesting how a revolutionary work had become so instiutionalized.
In a protest of the arrest of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, Mary Richardson took a meat cleaver and slashed this painting seven times. It was succesfully restored.