Protesters attack artwork in London gallery
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Protesters attack artwork in London gallery
Following the protest the artist’s Instagram has been flooded with messages of support.

LONDON.- Today, two people entered a controversial exhibition by Stuart Semple in London’s Soho and attacked a valuable artwork, throwing bright pink paint at it before supergluing themselves to the wall.

In CCTV footage, two people are seen to enter the gallery, one removes what appears to be a bottle of pink paint before throwing it at a well-known artwork by the British artist. Meanwhile, another revealed a t-shirt bearing the slogan ‘SAVE ALL ART.’ Then both proceed to superglue their hands to the walls of the gallery, before raising their middle fingers to the gallery CCTV camera.

Semple’s D.A.B.A. exhibition has sparked controversy from the start.

At D.A.B.A., Semple’s assistants are systematically destroying hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of his paintings, whilst inviting the public to bring in anything they deem to be ‘Bad Art’. These objects are then in turn destroyed by a team of assistants using tools including sledgehammers, flame throwers and angle grinders.

The action has caused outrage from last week, when protestors picketed the gallery protesting that all art should be saved.

Following the protest the artist’s Instagram has been flooded with messages of support.

Whilst most famous for inventing the world’s Pinkest Pink and banning Anish Kapoor from using his Blackest Black paint, Semple regularly exhibits at major museums around the world. He is a favourite of celebrities with the likes of Sienna Miller, Debbie Harry, Noel Gallagher and Tamara Ecclestone owning his pieces which often sell for five-figure sums.

Semple says: “At first I thought it was the Stop Oil lot. But the paint they used was my own Pinkest Pink and the t-shirt one of them was wearing really spells it out. It was aimed at me. I’m not sure if they are some kind of Anish Kapoor sympathisers, especially after they showed me the middle finger, but I’m really sad about the whole thing. Whilst I am destroying my work at the show, and we are helping the public do the same, it’s not mindless vandalism, it’s about a much bigger conceptual idea, which is de-objectifying objects. The show has been a nightmare from the start as so many people have got the wrong end of the stick.”

At this time it is unclear if Semple or All Is Joy (the gallery) will press charges.

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