A 12 year old boy recently decided to discard his gum by sticking it to a painting by the New York abstract painter Helen Frankenthaler.
“The Bay” painting has been left with a small stain on it, but the assistant curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Becky Hart says it will be fine.
Being an expressive abstract work probably makes the issue less than front page news. It would of been different if it was stuck on the nose of Mona Lisa or an important figurative work. I remember an art teacher talking about an important painting that had a sticker put on it, and went on to damage it badly, but really can’t recall what painting it was!
12-year-old sticks gum onto $1.5M painting
“Holly Academy director Julie Kildee said the boy had been suspended from the charter school and says his parents also have disciplined him.
“He is only 12 and I don’t think he understood the ramifications of what he did before it happened, but he certainly understands the severity of it now,” said Kildee.” USA Today