Wednesday, January 25
He May Be A Mutt, But He's R. Mutt
Just keep him away from the Rembrandts on ironing day.
Attacker of Duchamp's Urinal Sentenced
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By PIERRE-ANTOINE SOUCHARD Associated Press Writer
January 24,2006 | PARIS -- A court has convicted a 77-year-old French man for attacking artist Marcel Duchamp's famed porcelain urinal with a hammer, rejecting the defendant's contention that he had increased the value of the art work by making it an "original."
The court gave Pierre Pinoncelli a three-month suspended prison sentence Tuesday and ordered him to pay a $245,490 fine.
Pinoncelli also was ordered to pay $17,616 to repair "Fountain," a work worth millions of dollars that was chipped in the Jan. 4 hammer attack at the Pompidou Center. The work was part of an exhibit of the early 20th century's avant-garde Dada movement.
The Pompidou Center had sought more than $523,930 for the damage.
The January urinal attack was not the first for Pinoncelli. He urinated on the piece during a 1993 exhibition in Nimes in southern France.