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Accused Picasso Vandal Surrenders at U.S.-Mexico Border

The work in question.

The work in question.

A Houston man accused of vandalizing a Picasso painting has surrendered to federal marshals after having fled to Mexico for several months, The Associated Press reported. The man, Uriel Landeros, 22, turned himself in on Tuesday at a bridge between the United States and Mexico, near McAllen, Tex.

In June Mr. Landeros appeared to be seen in a cellphone video that depicted him spraying graffiti on the Picasso painting “Woman in a Red Armchair,” which was being displayed at the Menil Collection in Houston. He was later charged with felony graffiti and criminal mischief, after which he fled the United States; his lawyer told The A.P. he may have been in Mexico since June.

In a bizarre twist to the case, Mr. Landeros was given his own art show, in absentia, at a gallery that displayed a dozen of his own paintings under the collective title“Houston, We Have a Problem.”

Mr. Landeros, in an interview given last fall with KPRC-TV said, “I don’t regret anything that I’ve done.” The Associated Press said that he identified himself with the Occupy movement, and that he said he had defaced the painting as an act of social and political defiance.

By Dave Itzkoff, January 9, 2013.  Arts Beat blog, NY Times.

For the full article, please visit: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/accused-picasso-vandal-surrenders-at-u-s-mexico-border/

 

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