Apparently, the Picasso vandal is coming back stateside.
After more than three months in hiding in Monterry, Mexico, and after netting two felony charges related to a June vandalism of a 1929 Picasso painting, Woman in a Red Armchair at the Menil Collection, Uriel Landeros said last week on his Facebook wall that he'll re-enter the United States "soon soon" to help a friend "take over h town."
John Lewis, Harris County assistant district attorney, said if he does, the authorities "will be waiting for him."
Landeros obviously doesn't understand how the fugitive life is supposed to work. You're a) not supposed to indicate your intentions to the masses, and b) not supposed to be, well, stupid.
Which is exactly what Landeros' Facebook page is. He's posted several pictures of an additional painting he apparently did, glamorizing the recent Picasso vandalism. In reference to that act, the new drawing depicts a bullfighter spray painting a charging bull, the word "conquista" stretching underneath. Last June, Landeros allegedly spray painted a stencil of a bullfighter on the Picasso painting, along with the words "conquista la bestia." This isn't the first time he's taken to Facebook to get the word out on his exploits.
One person, Jorge Perez, wrote a recent comment critiquing Landeros' postings: "Art isn't about what actions the artist has done. It's about how far the artist has gone in his own art." Landeros responded, "Ok, if you say so."
In other social media activity, Landeros posted a video to Youtube last month that in part apologizes for the vandalism, but perhaps lends a tad too much significance to the crime. "I dedicate this to everybody out there who has suffered any kind of injustice, whether from your family, your religion or from your government. And to Pablo Picasso, the intellectual artist who loved bullfighting and understood that, at the end of the dance, somebody has to die. And on this day, it was his turn -- June 13, 2012."
He also says he knew the painting would be salvaged, and if he really wanted to ruin it, he would have ripped it with a knife or set it ablaze. Last word was that the painting would make a full recovery.
The video, posted by "mescalinevoices," shows a shirtless Landeros covered by shadows and wearing sunglasses -- more or less looking like he's an anonymous source on a 20/20 special. His rant continued: "My intentions are to give a voice to the public. To those who go unheard of. Unfortunately, our society has become nothing but a corrupt, war-making murdering, raping society. And all the religious and political leaders who will not fight against the problem are to blame."
So let's all be grateful we have men like Landeros out there fighting for truth, justice, and the right to post pictures of oneself while shirtless. Which, vandal or not, is something Landeros loves to do. To wit:
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Everything else, however, has been puzzling. Can you honor an artist by vandalizing his work? Attorney John Lewis is flummoxed. "With respect to Picasso, Landeros gives conflicting messages. He talks about honoring his work (by vandalizing it) and essentially claims victory over Picasso."
Lewis said Landeros has told his family he's not coming home to Houston. But if he honors his Facebook commitment and does, and is subsequently arrested, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.