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Activist arrested for allegedly defacing Westminster Abbey statue

Tal y como nos cuenta Elena Vozmediano, Fathers 4 Justice siguen con su cometido y acumulan el tercer caso de lo que podría llamarse vandalismo artístico reivindicativo. Esta vez  con una estatua de Westminster Abbey. Obsérvese que ahora los medios de comunicación ya no muestran fotos de la obra ni detalles de los daños.

Fuente: The Guardian


An activist who allegedly defaced a statue at Westminster Abbey in a protest against the family court system will continue to be questioned by police on Monday.

Cheryl Corless, a campaigner for the pressure group Stolen Children of the UK, was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after entering the abbey and allegedly spraying the statue on the left hand of the nave, protest group Fathers4Justice said in a statement.

Martin Matthews, a Fathers4Justice campaigner from Great Bookham in Surrey, was also present during the incident but was not arrested, the organisation said.

It is the third protest of its kind in recent weeks and the second in Westminster Abbey itself. Fathers4Justice has encouraged its supporters to take direct action in the spirit of the Suffragettes.

A Fathers4Justice spokesman said: “This was a copycat Suffragette-style protest. Obviously that is the way we are heading at the moment after the two protests on paintings.

“Everyone is celebrating what the Suffragettes did 100 years ago and now we are doing the same type of thing to get equality for fathers in the justice system.

“This protest is about the whole family courts system and the fact that they operate in secret behind closed doors – they are unaccountable and can do whatever they like without the public knowing a thing about it.

“We want to see a transparent and open family court system.”

A Scotland Yard spokesman said on Sunday night: “At 7.05pm we were called to reports that a statue had been spray-painted in Westminster Abbey.

“A woman has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and is being held at a central London police station. A man was also present but was not arrested.”

Last week Paul Douglas Manning, 57, a protester thought to be linked to Fathers4Justice, allegedly glued a four-inch photograph of a young boy to John Constable’s masterpiece The Hay Wain in the National Gallery. He has been charged with criminal damage.

Fathers4Justice campaigner Tim Haries allegedly sprayed the word “help” onto a portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey on June 13. He has indicated that he will plead not guilty to one count of criminal damage.

On Friday, Fathers4Justice announced that it was abandoning its five-year “attempted engagement with the political establishment” and called on supporters to take “independent weekly direct action”.

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


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.’




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.

Why the sudden trend to attack paintings?

Podríamos afirmar que existe una moda por atacar y pintarrajear pinturas?

Este artículo en The Gaurdian expone los recientes casos de pintadas al retrato de Isabel II, a un mural de Mark Rothko y a La libertad guiando al pueblo para especular sobre algunos posibles motivos al respecto. Lástima que no lo desarrolle en más profundidad.

Gracias Elena Vozmediano por el pase!


The Queen’s portrait and (right) an image of it after the attack. Photograph: Getty Images


Is there a sudden fashion for attacking works of art? The recent paint assault on a portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey was the latest in a stream of acts of art vandalism.

Last October at Tate Modern a man scribbled on Mark Rothko’s Black on Maroon. He claimed his destructive act was a creative gesture, but this cut no ice with a judge, who sentenced him to two years in prison. This February, a woman defaced one of the icons of French art, Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix, at the new outpost of the Louvre in Lens.

That is three highly publicised art attacks in less than a year. It looks as if a shared spirit is gripping the assailants. In all three cases over just a few months, each attacker thought she or he was making some kind of public statement. This is in contrast with previous art vandals who have attacked works such as Poussin’s The Adoration of the Golden Calf or Rembrandt’s Danae for more baffling reasons. The latest art attackers are saying something, or think they are. Vladimir Umanets damaged the Rothko in the name of an art movement called “yellowism”. The art assailant who picked on the Delacroix wrote “AE911” on it with a marker pen – referring to a website that deals in 9/11 conspiracy theories. The suspected royal-art defacer also has a cause – reportedly wanting to draw attention to his having lost contact with his children.

Museums hate articles such as this one, for a good reason: they fear that publicising art vandalism invites more. And it is plausible that a real lust to attack art is gripping people who have noticed the sheer publicity it can bring to what might otherwise be lost causes.

This is an age of protest. If you have a cause you can share with lots of other people, you take to the streets. But what if your cause is too strange or overlooked for mass protest? Attacking an authority figure is one way to get it in the headlines, and as authority figures go, paintings are vulnerable. A portrait of the Queen has a lot less security around it than the woman herself. A museum is a tranquil place where a moment of destruction can catch guards unaware. The results can be gratifying, if you are desperate to get your voice heard.

Atentado contra el cuadro de Isabel II

Un miembro de la asociación Padres por la Justicia ha sido detenido a primera hora de la tarde del jueves después de pintarrajear con un spray un retrato de la reina Isabel II que se estaba exhibiendo en la Sala Capitular de la Abadía de Westminster. El cuadro, que podrá ser restaurado, es una obra del pintor australiano radicado en Londres Ralph Heimans y fue pintado el año pasado con motivo del Jubileo de la Reina.

La protesta, que parece querer llamar la atención sobre las discriminaciones judiciales que dicen sufrir muchos progenitores en los conflictos matrimoniales y sobre todo en los litigios por la custodia de los hijos o su derecho a visitarlos, se ha producido en vísperas del Día del Padre, que en Reino Unido se celebra el próximo domingo. La asociación se ha desmarcado de un acto de protesta que ha sido ya calificado de un desprecio a la reina y que es difícil que sea bien aceptado por la opinión pública.

En el pasado, Padres por la Justicia arrojó una bolsa con harina de color púrpura al entonces primer ministro, Tony Blair, cuando hablaba en la Cámara de los Comunes y protagonizó espectaculares escaladas de algunos de sus miembros en edificios emblemáticos como el palacio de Westminster y el palacio de Buckingham.

“No ha sido una protesta oficial der Padres por la Justicia pero ha sido llevada a cabo por uno de sus miembros. El domingo es el Día del Padre y son fechas muy emotivas. Esta protesta es una forma desesperada de pedir ayuda”, declaró la asociación en una nota.

Antes, la abadía de Westminster había publicado también un comunicado explicando: “En un incidente ocurrido este mediodía, un visitante de la abadía ha pintado con espray un retrato de la reina obra de Ralph Heimans y que se exhibía en la Sala Capitular”. El cuadro ha sido retirado, que se iba a exhibir hasta septiembre, ha sido retirado para proceder a su restauración.

La obra, de 2,7 metros de alto y 3,3 metros de largo, presenta a la reina posando vestida con la ropa que llevaba en la ceremonia de coronación en 1953 y en el mismo lugar en que fue coronada. Isabel II asistió hace poco más de una semana a un servicio religioso para celebrar el 60 aniversario de esa ceremonia de coronación, aunque de hecho accedió al trono 18 meses antes, al morir su padre, el rey Jorge VI.

La obra fue encargada para celebrar el Jubileo y fue un regalo a la abadía de lord y lady Harris de Peckham. “Lo más importante ahora es restaurarlo. Va a llevar su tiempo pero se podrá restaurar”, declaró lord Harris a la BBC. “Meterse de esta manera con la reina es ridículo”, añadió. Y explicó que el agresor pintarrajeó la obra “con bastante pintura” al parecer de color turquesa.

Fuente: El País