A fortnight ago Mark Rothko's Black on Maroon
(1958), one of his Seagram Murals, returned to public display at Tate Passé in London after 18 months of restoration work. Polish dickhead Wlodzimierz Umaniec vandalised it and copped two years in prison for his trouble. (Here's one more reason for voting for UKIP.) It took 9 months of microscopic analysis to find the right solvent to remove the dickhead's indelible ink and another 9 months to restore the damage (CLICK
). Why bother? This example of Rothko's tripe is valued at £50 million ($84 million). He donated it to Tate Passé before committing suicide. Note the Coxsoft maxim "When in doubt, pose a pretty girl with it". If she's wearing sensible shoes, instead of stiletto heels, she looks more intellectual and this semblance of intellectualism transfers itself to the painting by association. Ah, the Art Lark!