A couple had mistakenly tarnished a half-million-dollar American artwork when they painted over it, as seen in a cringe-worthy clip. A South Korean couple mistakenly tarnished a half-million-dollar American painting when they painted over it, as seen in a cringe-worthy clip.
“They thought they were allowed to do that as participatory art and made a mistake,” said Kang Wook, head of the exhibition at Seoul’s Lotte World Mall, where the accidental vandalism took place, Reuters reported.
The damaged 2.5 by 7 meter untitled piece was painted by Paris-based artist JonOne, aka Harlem-born John Andrew Perello, before a live audience in 2016 — and is valued at US$500,000 (A$650,000).
Arranged in front of the abstract opus were the paint cans and brushes used in its creation. They’re considered part of the piece, which may have given the pair above the wrong impression.
Indeed, CCTV footage shows the impromptu impressionists picking up the tools and adding their own dashes of paint to the work, a la the Joker’s museum makeover in 1989’s Batman. The clip concludes with a close-up of the “reimagined” artwork, now sporting three ugly black splotches.