Saturday, February 22, 2014

Florida artist apologizes for smashing $1 million vase by artist Ai Weiwei - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

MIAMI - A South Florida artist is apologizing for smashing a vase valued at $1 million that was part of a museum exhibit by noted Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei.

Maximo Caminero told the Miami Herald on Tuesday that he had no right to destroy someone else's art.

The vase was one of 16 in an Ai installation at the new Perez Art Museum Miami.
Police said Caminero told them he smashed the vase Sunday to protest the lack of support for local artists rather than international ones.

Caminero cancelled a planned Tuesday news conference and did not respond to telephone messages left by The Associated Press. A note on his studio door said his lawyer advised against commenting.

Caminero is charged with criminal mischief over $1,000, which is a felony.

Link to article Miami Herald

So sad but I'm always reminded that most museums have important and often priceless works of art completely accessible to the general public and things like this rarely ever happen.  When they do they make all the headlines but for the most part people are respectful of museum property.  And its a good lesson in impermanence. 

I also wonder what Ai Weiwei thinks of the destruction.  Maybe he won't mind.  I know it certainly brought more worldwide attention to his work. 

It sure started or helped along a community discussion on what is the place of local artists within this new huge local Art scene.  If you would like to participate in the discussion, share your thoughts with the Public Insight Network here  GL

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