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Friday, 14 December 2012

Free Wlodzimierz Umaniec!

The artist behind Yellowism, a small but legitimate art movement, Wlodzimierz Umaniec, has been imprisoned for two years in Britain, for defacing a small corner of a painting in The Tate.

I love Rothko's work and would never want to see his paintings ruined.  I do not support vandalism.  However, a two year prison sentence for the damaging of insured property seems sickening, at a time when no Bankers have been sent to prison, or any Politicians, over the financial disasters of the last four years.

A man's life seems to me more important than a work of art, even two years of it.  There must be better ways to punish and protect in such cases.  Where are the artists and poets of the UK now, eager to save Pussy Riot, when Wlodzimierz Umaniec needs them?
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