John Constable Painting Attacked by Fathers 4 Justice

Paul Douglas Manning, 57 años, de Shieffeld es uno de los miembros de Fathers 4 Justice. Después de haberlo detenido, la policía lo declara como responsable de pegar una fotografía de su hijo sobre la pintura The Hay Wain de John Constable como acto reivindicativo sobre la custodia de su hijo. En de la fotografía, había escrita la palabra “Help” y parece no haber dañado al cuadro. Esta acción ha sido llevada a cabo después de 5 años de intentar recuperar a su hijo por la vía legal y después de convocar a Fathers 4 Justice a llevar a cabo una acción semanal. Esta organización defiende los derechos de los padres desde 2002 y han ganado mucha atención de los medios debido a la naturaleza de sus actos reivindicativos.

El ataque al retrato de Isabel II también se atribuye a uno de los miembros de la misma organización, Tim Haries de 41  años. Tim ya está en trámites con la justicia y parece ser que, pese a la negativa de Manning a colaborar, va a tener que hacer lo mismo o buscar otras vías para que le absuelvan de los cargos criminales.

Hace poco, un artículo en The Guardian especulaba sobre si existe una moda a atacar obras de arte. Y ayer el Huffignston Post incluía unas diapositivas sobre The Art of Vandalism. Parece ser que los ingleses la tienen tomada con el valor económico y simbólico del arte, de modo que en las próximas semanas subiré más material relacionado con esto.

Gracias a Elena Vozmediano por el pase!

Fuente: MailOnline

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A man thought to be a campaigner for Fathers 4 Justice has been charged with criminal damage after a picture of a boy was stuck to one of the country’s most famous paintings.

Paul Douglas Manning, 57, from Sheffield, was arrested yesterday after a photograph was stuck to the canvas of John Constable’s The Hay Wain at the National Gallery.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today where he was bailed to appear at Southwark Crown Court on July 12.

The incident comes two weeks after a man, also linked to Fathers 4 Justice, was accused of defacing a portrait of the Queen at Westminster Abbey.

A spokesman from the group, which campaigns for fathers’ custody rights, yesterday claimed responsibility for the latest attack.

In a statement it said it was a ‘final act of desperation’ after a man lost a final appeal in the High Court over custody rights to his son.

Gallery curators said there was ‘no lasting damage’ to the painting, which was completed by Constable in 1821 and shows a hay cart crossing the River Stour near Flatford Mill in Suffolk.

A National Gallery spokesman said: ‘No damage to Constable’s original paint occurred and there is no lasting damage to the painting.

‘We are currently investigating this with the police.’

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VANDALISED THE HAY WAY PAINTING BY JOHN CONSTABLE

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The painting was due to be put back on display today, she added.

Separately, a court was told yesterday that a Fathers 4 Justice campaigner caused up to £10,000 worth of damage when he allegedly defaced a portrait of the Queen at Westminster Abbey.

Tim Haries, 41, from Doncaster, is accused of daubing the artwork, created for the Diamond Jubilee, with the word ‘help’ after smuggling spray paint into the Abbey on June 13.

The £160,000 painting, called The Coronation Theatre, had only been on show for two weeks.

Haries is due to stand trial after indicated a plea of not guilty to one count of criminal damage at Southwark Crown Court yesterday.

Fathers 4 Justice yesterday called on fathers to take direct action ‘to defend themselves and the 1,000 families a week destroyed in the secret family courts’.

It also said it was refusing to deal with the national media because of ‘inaccurate and misleading reporting’ of its campaign.

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