Barnett Newman “Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue (IV)” / security barrier, paper 
 (In 1982, a 29-year old veterinary student named Josef Nikolaus Kleer attacked this painting while it was on display at the National Galerie in Berlin. He first used a security barrier to hit the painting a few times, and then placed a series of notes and media pictures on and around it, including an issue of Der Spiegel featuring a caricatured Margaret Thatcher on the cover; a copy of  Red List , an official German pharmaceutical catalog; and numerous hand-written notes bearing slogans like, “Whoever does not yet understand it must pay for it! Price: on arrangement.“ 
 When Kleer later admitted to the attack, he said it was because the painting was a perversion of the German flag, and that public funds should not be used to buy art because artists earned too much money.)

Barnett Newman “Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue (IV)” / security barrier, paper

(In 1982, a 29-year old veterinary student named Josef Nikolaus Kleer attacked this painting while it was on display at the National Galerie in Berlin. He first used a security barrier to hit the painting a few times, and then placed a series of notes and media pictures on and around it, including an issue of Der Spiegel featuring a caricatured Margaret Thatcher on the cover; a copy of Red List, an official German pharmaceutical catalog; and numerous hand-written notes bearing slogans like, “Whoever does not yet understand it must pay for it! Price: on arrangement.“

When Kleer later admitted to the attack, he said it was because the painting was a perversion of the German flag, and that public funds should not be used to buy art because artists earned too much money.)

Christopher Schreck