Couple Vandalizes $440k PAINTING of JonOne Thinking It Was an Interactive Exhibit

Couple Vandalizes $440k PAINTING of JonOne Thinking It Was an Interactive Exhibit

Couple Vandalizes $440k PAINTING of JonOne Thinking It Was an Interactive Exhibit
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A couple mistakenly vandalized a canvas painting amounting to $400,000 of an American graffiti artist JonOne in an at gallery at a mall in Seoul, South Korea.

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According to the report, the couple, both in their 20s, were visiting the exhibit on March 28. They mistook the containers of paint and brushes as signs for the public to contribute. Meanwhile, the report said the gallery intentionally displayed those tools displayed in front of JonOne’s artwork.

CCTV footage then captured the couple picking up the paint andadditing to the artwork. Later on, the police arrested the couple at the mall but were later released without being charged.

Exhibit co-organizer Kang Wook said the couple though they were allowed to do that as participatory art and made a mistake.

“We are currently in discussions with the artist about whether to restore it,” Mr. Kang said, who was also the CEO of Contents Creator of Culture.

Reports said JonOne, or John Andrew Perello, painted the piece, “Untitled,” in 2016 in front of an audience in Seoul.

In that same year during the live painting exhibition, the artist kept the paint containers and brushes in front of the final work. Organizers displayed the same props at the current gallery to show the history of JonOne’s work.

Couple Vandalizes $440k PAINTING of JonOne Thinking It Was an Interactive Exhibit
Photo: Insider

Meanwhile, a representative of the artist said he “does not plan to respond to the incident.”