Picasso Defaced by Houston Street Artist

This is one of the crazier art stories that I have come across in a while. Allegedly, twenty two year old Uriel Landeros, a Houston area street artist, entered the Menil Collection and stencilled a bullfighter killing a bull and the word “Conquista” on Picasso’s Woman in a Red Armchair 1932 oil on canvas painting. There is even a video on YouTube that caught it all on tape.

Now I know that times are tough and it’s hard to get recognition, but this crosses the line. I’m all for dudes who sneak into galleries and hang their own art; that’s cool. But spray-painting over another artist’s work is disrespectful, and spray-painting over a Picasso is beyond comprehension. But what do I know. In the end it was mission accomplished for the guy: He is notorious. Thoughts?

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